A west London council is urging residents to take part in a photo challenge just as they fill in their details for Census Day 2021 this month as a record for posterity. Households across Kensington and Chelsea can take a picture of five items that represent life during the coronavirus pandemic on a quilt. The image can then be posted on Instagram with brief descriptions and tagged @kensingtonandchelseacouncil together with five friends alongside the hashtag #Census2021TimeCapsule to provide a snapshot of our lives under lockdown.
It will be the first census run predominantly online, with residents receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to easily complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets although paper copies will still be available.
The census gives provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales and has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Cllr Anne Cyron, lead member for communities, said:“We encourage everyone to fill out the census, it’s quick and easy and really helps to shape the services and funding allocated to your local community. This could be everything from doctors’ surgeries and schools to new bus stops, your entry could really make a difference in your area. You also may be the first in your family to do it, so the census is a great way for future generations to find out about your life today.”
Census Day will be on Sunday 21 March 2021, but households across the country have been receiving letters with online codes since early March allowing them to take part from early March. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census and only publishes anonymous information from it. The information shared cannot be used to influence benefit claims, immigration status or taxes. Personal records are locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.
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