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Households across Stevenage will be asked to take part in Census 2021 on Sunday 21 March.

The census is a once in a decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics (ONS) information about households and people in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Everyone is expected to take part - even if you are a citizen of another country. Census 2021 will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. There will be new voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Although Census Day is on Sunday 21 March, you can complete your census questionnaire as soon as you get your letter and access code in the post. Information provided needs to be about who usually lives in the household - adults and children, including babies. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.

The census will mostly be completed online.

How information is used

Information collected in the census helps local councils like Stevenage, central Government, the NHS, charities and other organisations to plan services in your local area. It builds up a picture of our communities from very small areas, to regions and the country as a whole.

The personal information you put on your census is only used for statistical purposes. The statistics don't contain any information that will allow you or anyone you live with to be identified. Personal information includes things like your name, date of birth and address. Your census record is kept secure for 100 years and only then, can it be seen by future generations.

The ONS is independent from the Government. This means officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see your census information.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit the Census 2021 website.