Lauren Mullen is the Census Engagement Manager for West Lancashire, working very closely with local councillors and West Lancashire Borough Council to raise awareness of the Census.
Lauren is encouraging us to take the Census seriously, and has this message for all of us:
“The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.
The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.
It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.
In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.
Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.
Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.
Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.
These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.
If you need help or have any questions, visit www.census.gov.uk
Lauren adds, “This year the Census will be taking a digital first approach and as such I want to work with local community organisations to help engage the local community with the Census and provide additional help and support in the lead up to Census day.
I have been asking groups and organisations whether they would be willing to post information on their websites and social media pages and print an article in any publications they send to their members. We also have posters that we can send off to centres in use. I have also been advising that I am able to host virtual meetings with the community to give more information on the Census too.
If this is something you would be able to help get involved with please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.