Calderdale Get Ready For Census 2021

Head's up to everyone in the Valley, we're about to take part in a very big questionnaire (you might want to get a cup of tea for this...)

It's time for Census 2021 - and it's completely online, so households across Calderdale will be receiving letters with online codes explaining how you can take part in the Census.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a once-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. Apparently, it's been carried out every ten years since 1801, the only exception being during 1941 (that's a lot of filing!) This year is the first time that the census will be run predominantly online, with unique access codes being sent to households, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. 

Census day is on March 21, but you can fill out your form as soon as you receive your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.  

The census includes 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.

Information provided helps to inform what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. It helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services, including schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

It is a legal requirement to complete the census. Without us all sharing the information it's harder to anticipate the needs of the local community and plan/ fund our public services. 

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:

“The information provided by the census gives a snapshot of what life is like for people living in Calderdale in 2021.

“Having accurate data about our borough's population is very important and affects the amount of money the Council receives from central government. It also helps inform what services are needed where.

“Census data is also regularly used to research family trees and allows historians to discover more about the social history of our country. By completing your census you’re writing yourself and your family into history for future generations to discover.

“It’s important that everyone completes the census. Your details are protected by law and the information published is anonymous.”

What you need to know:

Local census support centres will be open while the census is happening and staff will be on hand to offer support to help people who aren't confident online, who don't have a computer or that need help to complete the census on paper. All centres will have guidelines in place to make them COVID-19 secure. to find your nearest centre visit:

For more information, including guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, visit or call 0800 141 2021. You can also request a paper questionnaire if you’d prefer to complete your census that way. 

Good luck filling it out Calderdale and expect to hear some of the anonymous published results on our Presenter's shows (particularly Dave Moses!) As you know, we love a good survey here at Calder Valley Radio... 

By Lousie Ann Oldroyd 

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