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What you need to know about Census 2021

Census 2021 is taking place on 21 March and households across High Peak are being encouraged to make sure they complete the survey.

The census, organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), happens every 10 years and gives the most accurate picture of the population and how we live. The information provided is used to help decide how local public services including education, healthcare and transport are planned and funded.

This year’s census is the first to be mainly online and, if they haven’t already, households will soon receive an information pack containing a 16-digit access code to enable them to access the survey.

Council Leader, Councillor Anthony Mckeown, said: “The information collected via the census helps to decide where public money is spent and how key public services are provided. By completing it, you’ll be helping to make sure your community gets the services it needs.

“That’s why it’s important that as many of us as possible in the High Peak complete the census this month. Please look out for your pack, which includes your code, and make sure you have it to hand when completing the survey.

“The census should take about ten minutes and some questions are optional. If you have lost your code you can get a replacement code by getting in touch with the census via their website at www.census.gov.uk

“The information you provide remains confidential for 100 years and the personal details you give are protected by law. You cannot be identified in the statistics published so you can complete the census with confidence.

“There’s more information on our website and I would encourage everyone across the High Peak to take part in the census this year. By taking part you’ll be helping us to understand and shape the services we all need now and in the future.”

People can find out more at www.highpeak.gov.uk/Census2021

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