Every Manchester household will be asked to be part of Census 2021 this spring.

This once-in-a-decade survey helps everyone – from central government to councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services.

Because the results help decide where billions of pounds get spent on services like transport, education and health – it’s crucial that everyone in Manchester is counted. Otherwise, our city will miss out on funding for these life-saving and life-enhancing public services.

We think Manchester’s lost out in the past because not everyone has been included in ONS’ population estimates, probably by as many as 25,000 people. This affects our ability to get the funding we need for enough school places, emergency services and health facilities for our residents. Everybody being counted this time will make sure we get the funding we deserve.

Charities and voluntary organisations also use census data as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data.

Census 2021 will be the first run mainly online. Your household will soon get a census pack with a unique internet access code, so you can complete the survey on your computer, phone or tablet. Please use it help your city get its fair share of funding for crucial services in the coming decade. 

If you need help to get online or support to fill in the form online, you can text 07860 064 128 and one of our digital support team will ring you back.

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

Including everyone in Census 2021

The census takes place in March 2021.

It’s a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in the country.

It helps plan and fund public services like transport, education and healthcare.

By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll help make sure you and your community get the services you need.

More information is sent out nearer the time and there’ll be plenty of help to take part for people who need it.

Find out more at www.census.gov.uk

Follow the census @Census2021

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