Census Day is Sunday 21 March

Households across Berkshire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. Information from the census questionnaires, which you will all be asked to fill in, will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
What to do
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire on-line, and giving information about where to get support if you need it. Paper questionnaires will be available on request.
When should I fill in my census questionnaire?
You can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on Census Day – 21 March – even if you’re filling it in before then. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let us know.
What if I can’t fill in my census questionnaire online?
We know there are some people who will find this challenging. That’s why we’re here to help with a wide range of support services. We will make it easy for you, whatever your needs. Services include:
 guidance and support in many languages and formats
 help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media
 a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
 accessible census guidance, for example, in braille
Do I have to take part?
If you live in England and Wales, you must take part in the census. Census information helps inform how billions of pounds of public funding is spent. By taking around 10 minutes per person to fill in the census questionnaire, you will help make sure your community gets the services needed now and in the future.:

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