Hounslow Council lights up Hounslow House to mark Census 2021

Hounslow House will be joining more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple this weekend.

Published: Wednesday, 17th March 2021

Cabinet  Member, Councillor Pritam Grewal who is a Member for Customer Services and Corporate Performance

This is to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The census, taking place on 21 March 2021, will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the coronavirus pandemic and EU exit, are based on the best information possible.

Cllr Pritam Grewal, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Corporate Performance, said: “We are pleased to be part of this event being organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which runs Census 2021, to raise awareness of the census and the important role it plays in informing decisions on services that shape the future of the borough such as healthcare, education, doctor’s surgeries, cycle lanes and transport. These issues matter to everyone so I would encourage every household to complete their form and be part of shaping your future borough.”

Newton Fernandes, Hounslow’s Census Engagement Manager, said: “All households in the borough should have received letters with unique codes explaining how they can complete their questionnaire online on www.census.gov.uk or request a paper questionnaire that will be sent free of charge. There is plenty of help available, with people also able to complete the census over the phone with assistance from trained staff via the free national phone contact centre on 0800 141 2021. The ONS also aims to provide in-person support to complete the census online through Census Support Centres where it is safe to do so, a list of locations is being regularly updated on the Census website.

“The main census field operation will begin immediately after Census Day, contacting those who have not responded. Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, wear Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) and work in line with all government guidance.”

The Census is a legal obligation and it is mandatory for each household to return a completed questionnaire, although individual questionnaires can be requested from the website on request. The ONS is independent from the government and the data collected will be anonymised and used for statistical purposes. Results will be available in 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

Census 2021 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.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk

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