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Census 2021

Households across Staffordshire Moorlands will this month be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census survey happens every ten years and it gives us the most accurate picture of all the households and people in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) organises the census in partnership with local councils and the statistics provide a detailed snapshot of the population and how we live.

Information collected helps to decide how public services, such as education, healthcare and transport are planned and funded. By taking part you'll be helping to make sure your community gets the services it needs.

The next census will take place on Sunday 21 March and it's the first one to be mainly online. You can complete it on any device including your mobile phone or table. Households will receive a letter with an online code to enable you to take part.

It is a legal requirement to complete the census - if you don't, or you give false information, you could be fined up to £1,000.

It takes around 10 minutes to complete and some of the questions will be clearly labelled as optional.

The ONS is responsible for ensuring the safety of the information you provide and will not sell personal information or publish anything which identifies you. Your census record is kept secure for 100 years and only then can future generations see it.

You can read more about the census on both the and ONS websites.