The Census is a survey that happens every ten years and provides the most accurate estimate all the people and households in England and Wales.

It includes questions about your age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question about whether you have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over about sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Census will give provide fresh insight and information for central and local government, charities and academics to help decide how services are planned and funded in the city-region. This could include things like doctors’ surgeries, schools, housing or new bus routes.

The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. It provides an evidence base to make sounds decisions, and by taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.

How to take part

For the first time ever, we will be able to complete the Census online. Households across Greater Manchester will receive information through their letterbox about how to do this. This will include a unique access code, allowing you to complete the questionnaire on your computer, phone or tablet.

Census Day takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021. You can complete the Census as soon as you receive your pack – you don’t have to wait until the 21 March.

It’s crucial that all residents and households are counted, and extensive support is available for people who are unable, or would prefer not to complete it online.

Paper questionnaires are available for anyone who wants one and they can be requested by:

You can also request a paper version in large print, Braille and other languages.

Census staff are also available to carry out the Census over the phone, and using translators:

  • Appointments can be booked by calling the free phone number 0800 141 2021
  • Translators can be booked by calling the free phone number 0800 587 2021
  • Relay UK users dial 18001 followed by the phone number you need

Additional support and information:

  • Online: visit the ONS website – About the Census
  • By phone: call the free phone support centre 0800 141 2021
  • In person: Census Support Centres have been set up in local community venues where staff will be able to help answer general census queries, help you to fill in your online census or paper form, and discuss other ways to support you. All the centres are operating in a Covid-safe way.

Please complete the Census for your household and encourage others to complete it as well. More information and guidance can be found on the Census website.

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