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UK Census 2021

The next census is coming, and it makes a difference to everyone. By taking part and telling the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about yourself, you will help make sure we all get the services and support we need.

It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.

Why should members of RNA be especially interested in the census?

Every census, and they happen once every ten years, there are new questions. These reflect some of the ways in which society has changed over time. One recent change is that the country has woken up to the needs of those of us who have served in the Royal Navy and other armed services.

So long as you’re aged 16 years or above, you can record if you have served in the UK Armed Forces. The information you share will help ONS understand the numbers, locations and ages of our armed forces community. This will show where resources and services are needed to make sure those who have served and their families are treated fairly.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If you prefer, you will be shown how to ask for a paper copy.

Remember, it’s up to you to decide how you would like to answer each question. Do it in the way that you feel best represents you.

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