HOUSEHOLDS across Wales are being asked to take part in Census 2021.

Census day is on March 21 and residents will soon receive a letter with an online code explaining how they can complete their form. Paper questionnaires will be available if you would prefer to fill in your census that way.

Where it is safe to do so, local census support centres will be open in some Local Authorities to offer assistance for people who are not confident online, who don’t have a computer or need help completing on paper.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Bridgend County Borough Council Leader Huw David said: “The results of the census help to inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

“Understanding the needs of local residents will help everyone from central government to organisations including the council, to plan and fund public services. It is vital that residents take part in the census to ensure Bridgend County Borough gets the very best deal.”

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, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. In Wales, households will also be asked about their Welsh language skills.

Those who wish to complete the census in Welsh can do so both online and on paper. There are “Cymraeg” and “English” buttons to switch between languages at any time online, and on paper you can use Welsh and English on the same form.

If your letter doesn’t arrive in the next couple of weeks, get in touch with the census contact centre on 0800 169 2021.