RESIDENTS are reminded to take part in the nationwide census that takes place once ever ten years.

Census day will take place on March 21 and will help provide the Office for National Statistics with an accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wale

The census has been carried out every ten years since 1801 – with the exception of 1941 due to the Second World War.

Census data is important to help councils and health authorities to plan and fund public services. It is also useful for charities and anyone looking into their family history.

The 2021 census will be the first to be done predominantly online and households across the borough will receive a letter with a unique code which will allow them to complete the survey.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces (anyone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day is classed as a veteran) and voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The results will be available next year, but personal records will be locked away for 100 years for future generations.