As most of you will know, Sunday 21st March 2021 is national census day. This is something that occurs every 10 years, and you will have received a letter informing you of this. Our CEO Mr Paul Harris would like to personally appeal to you all to complete this using the information that you have been sent.
More information about the census can be found at https://census.gov.uk/ . It really is important that everyone completes the census as it has a significant impact on the funding and support that we will receive in the future. Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.
The last census took place in 2011. Many people and organisations used information from the 2011 Census in a variety of ways. For example, Bristol City Council used it to inform decisions on how to fund local housing improvements. It was also essential for the charity Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services to help people from ethnic minority groups learn more about dementia. To read more about the benefits that information from the 2011 Census helped to create, visit the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.
In the past, it is possible that the census has not accurately reflected the true number of people that live in Newham. It is essential that we receive all the funding and support that is available to us, this will help ensure that our Newham communities are supported as much as possible.