Parish Council Meeting:
Wed 6th Jan 2021.
Next Meeting: Wed 3rd Mar 21 @ 7.30 pm - Agenda (conducted via Teams)
Swans W.I. March meeting report; date of next meeting tbc
Valley Art; details
The National Census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It helps plan and fund public services, like transport, education and healthcare.
By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll help make sure you and your community get the services you need.
The more people that are aware, the higher the completion of the Census and the more information that is gathered that enables informed decisions to be made by the government in terms of addressing the future requirements of our society.
Further this is the first Census that will include the questions relating to military service, which will collect data on who are veterans from the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation that those who serve and have served, and their families should be treated fairly.
The government, local authorities, the wider public sector, charities, commercial organisations, and civil society all have a role in supporting the Armed Forces community. This includes support to veterans regarding employment, healthcare, housing, education, and financial services. See www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
The Armed Forces covenant is mentioned due to the large military presence in Wiltshire, and the large numbers of veterans that live and work in Wiltshire. The presence of large numbers of veterans in our communities and the need to recognise their numbers in the Census are the reason I highlight this particular aspect of the Census, and ensure we drive the completion of the Census as completely as possible.
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Census day has passed, but it is vital those who have not yet completed, do so as soon as possible. Sunday March 21 marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.
However, for those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available. “The information you provide needs to be about who usually lives in your household on Census Day, which was Sunday March 21, however if you’ve haven’t completed it yet, please do so – there’s still time to,” the Office for National Statistics’ deputy national statistician Iain Bell said.
“Every household should have received their letter inviting them to take part and we’ve had a great response so far. If you haven't, or you have misplaced your letter, you can head online to www.census.gov.uk and request a new unique access code.
“There is plenty of help available, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres.
“Field officers will soon start calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part.
“They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.”
The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.
The ONS will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify you in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.
If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information, including how to find a local census support centre, please visit www.census.gov.uk.