Households across Basingstoke and Deane are being urged to take part in Census 2021 next month.

The census, which is 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 decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021, the survey provides information to all kinds of organisations, from councils and charities to healthcare providers, to help them deliver the services we all need, such as transport, education and healthcare.

Residents will receive a census pack and instructions through the post in early March. Residents needing support, help or translation services can access them, both online and by phone.

This year’s survey will be the first digital-first Census and will be easy to complete on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them. As well as questions around residents’ sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity, for the first time and to reflect the modern age we live in, 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. This will help shape services for veterans and further work around equality and diversity.

Basingstoke and Deane has previously had a great success rate in Census returns with a response rate of 97% in 2011, compared to 94% nationally.

Census results will be published in 2022. For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk/