Households across the New Forest will soon be asked to take part in the 2021 Census.
The census happens only once every ten years and has been carried out every decade since 1841, with the exception of 1941.
The survey gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.
It will be the first Census run mainly online and you’ll get a letter to your household with a unique access code, allowing you to complete the questionnaire on your computer, phone or tablet.
Census information is used by charities, central and local government, and others, to put services and funding in the places where they are most needed. Which is why it is so important everyone takes part. At NFDC, we use it for nearly all services we provide, from planning to housing, and waste collection to our website.
Census day will be on 21 March, 2021.
Households will get their letters with the online codes from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit https://census.gov.uk/