The Census is a “vital tool” in informing decisions on how to plan and fund services in Redditch, the town’s MP Rachel Maclean has said as she urges residents to take part.

The census takes place every 10 years, and this year Census Day is Sunday, March 21st.

Run by the Office for National Statistics, the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistic, the Census gives the Government a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The information residents give helps to inform decisions on how to plan and fund services in their local area. This includes services such as transport, education and healthcare. It will also provide vital information for future decisions made by Parliament.

All kinds of organisations, from local councils to charities, use the information to help provide the services residents need.

Residents should already have begun to receive letters in the post which will explain how to take part. The letter will contain a household access code, which each household should use to complete the census online. Paper versions can also be requested.

Rachel said:

“The census is a vital tool which will help Government, councils and public services plan and fund services here in Redditch. Without Census 2021, it would be much more difficult to do this.

“It is therefore incredibly important that every resident completes the census. This will then provide decision makers with a better understanding of what Redditch needs now and in the future.”

Households must complete the census questionnaire by law, or they could be fined up to £1,000.

For more information or for help visit www.census.gov.uk or call the contact centre free on 0800 141 2021.