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It doesn’t matter if your home floats or if it’s a two up, two down, in the heart of a bustling metropolis. On 21 March every household in England and Wales will be expected to complete their census questionnaire.
The census is for everyone. Once every ten years, it helps build the most complete picture of England and Wales. The whole population has the chance to provide the information that ensures all communities are represented in decisions on funding and services. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
If you live on your boat you may start receiving letters, either by hand from a census officer or in the post in March, with details of how to take part. The deciding factor will be whether you live on a long term mooring that is registered with Royal Mail.
If registered with Royal Mail, you will receive a letter containing a unique access code to allow you to complete your online census form. If you are not on the Royal Mail mailing list but are a moored in a marina (or similar) an attempt will be made by a census officer to deliver a letter or questionnaire by hand to permanent and visitor moorings before 20 March.
If you have not received a letter or questionnaire with an access code by 23 March, then please visit the census website or Public Contact Centre (which opens on 1 March) where you can request to receive a text to a UK mobile phone, which contains an access code to complete the census online.
Those who are continuously cruising will be counted over the period 20-22 March. A census officer will hand deliver paper questionnaires to visitor moorings; however, you can also request an access code via text to be sent to a UK mobile phone as per the above paragraph.
From one boater to another – Census 2021 and coronavirus
The census is coming at a critical point. It will be fundamental to government’s understanding of the impact the coronavirus has had on different communities and how we all live.
Government has designed Census 2021 to be simple, straightforward and safe to complete. This will be a digital-first census, and they will be encouraging people to participate online with online support, including help by email, social media, text message and on a webchat facility on their website.
People can also complete their census over the phone, with the help of trained staff, or can request a paper form.
Census staff will never need to come aboard; they will always be socially distanced, wearing PPE and work in line with all government guidance.
Everyone benefits from the census
In charge of delivering the census is the ONS’s deputy national statistician, Iain Bell – himself a boater. Based in south Wales, he spends part of his time living on the Mon & Brec Canal with his partner.
“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” he says.
“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 and dental services.
“It is therefore crucial we reach everyone in the country – from people living in London’s commuter-belt to all inner-city communities; from those living in the countryside to student populations; the elderly and all ethnic minorities. And, indeed, anyone like me, who spends time living on a waterway.
“There are some groups who are harder to reach than others, with language, living arrangements, technology and understanding of what the census is all barriers for us to overcome. My advice for liveaboards is to make sure you have a postal point if you have a mooring. For continuous cruisers, being registered with a GP or with DWP/HMRC means analysis covers you as well.
“It’s crucial you do take part. If analysis that feeds policy decisions doesn’t reflect all sections of society then there is a risk of the needs of different groups not being met. Being able to complete it online will hopefully make it easier than ever for all of us to take part around our individual schedules, and in a way that is flexible to our living circumstances. We do recognise there will be some people who need paper forms or help getting online, and we have set up local census support centres to help with that.”
Census day will be on March 21, but those households with a known address, 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.