BARNSLEY residents are being urged to take part in a nationwide census that takes place once every decade.

The census has been carried out every decade since 1801, except for 1941 during the Second World War.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size, and ethnicity. For the first time there will also be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces and other voluntary questions for anyone aged 16 and over about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for core services, said: "The census is essential in helping us learn more about our local area and the people who live in Barnsley.

"I would encourage all residents to complete the census as the information we receive helps plan for services and funding across the borough."

The census day is March 21 and households across the borough will receive letters with online codes which will allow them to take part from early March.