Everyone will benefit from Census 2021
Households across Warwickshire will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.
The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries. Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work. Charities and voluntary organisations often use it 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. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.
Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. “The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services. “No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete on online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”
Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes
explaining how they can take part. The census will include 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. Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100
years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 – Wednesday 27th January –
A message from the Mayor
Today we are broadcasting a special Holocaust Memorial Day event from Coleshill Parish Church.
Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day has a theme and this year it is “Be The Light In The Darkness.” So, we’re asking people to join in and to watch Coleshill’s HMD event online, and to light a tea-light (or candle) in memory of the millions who were persecuted or lost their lives, from all walks of life, from atrocities that have happened worldwide. The Holocaust in Nazi Germany being sadly just one of the many appalling realities, whilst others include the tragedies in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia, unfortunately bringing us up to what is happening now in Darfur.
This local event will be available to view via Coleshill Parish Church’s YouTube link of
and also via their Facebook page
Please join us from 4:15pm for a small, yet significant service, to honour those people who have lost their lives in such tragic events in our history, and disappointing are still suffering in the present day.
We hope you will be able to attend this service at home, and afterwards, when it is safe to do, please pop in to collect an information booklet or a pin badge from the Coleshill Community Hub, on Sumner Road. Please note any donations for pin badges or the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, with be sent directly, in full, to support the much-needed educational work of this important charity.