Census day is almost here

With March 21 – Census Day – only days away, Census 2021 is in full swing in Stockport.

The information packs with unique access codes are being sent out and – if you haven’t received yours already - should arrive in the next few days.

And Stockport has two Census Support Centres where you can access help regardless of where you live. These Centres have helplines that you can call if you have general questions about your survey, and they will be able to book one-to-one telephone or in-person appointments with advisors to help you.

You can speak to an advisor or book a face-to-face appointment by calling:

Starting Point on 0161 494 9947, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and Saturday, from 10am to 5pm where support can be offered in English, Spanish and Farsi
Signpost for Carers on 0161 442 0442, Monday to Friday, from 8am to 4pm, Saturday, from 9am to midday where support is offered in English

You can also book a computer at your local library in order to complete your Census online - call 0161 217 6009 to book a computer.

Cllr Tom McGee, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council, said: “We’re delighted to be helping the Official for National Statistics (ONS) in their delivery of Census 2021 in these extremely challenging times.

“And it’s fantastic that we have local support in place for local people who may need help in navigating or completing the survey.

“It’s vitally important that everyone completes their survey, so we can understand as much as possible about tailoring the services we deliver to residents’ needs.”

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: “A successful Census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales.

“It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers.

“It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

The questionnaire 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.

The results from the Census will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To receive your Census in a different accessible format, such as large print or braille, visit the Help page or call the ONS contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

To order a paper copy of the Census call 0800 876 6276.

For Census guidance in another language call 0800 587 2021.