Richmondshire residents urged to check receipt of census form


Richmondshire households are being asked to check they have received an invitation to take part in the census for England and Wales taking place this Sunday.

Officials say the census , which happens every ten years and gives a snapshot of the population at that time, is a unique opportunity to be part of history.

This year, a new question for armed forces veterans has been added – along with two voluntary questions around gender identity and sexual orientation – which will help ensure the census is a true reflection of the people living in the district.

The data obtained from the census is used by Richmondshire District Council, along with North Yorkshire County Council and central government, in deciding how to provide local services.

This ensures that decisions accurately reflect the communities who will use them.

Data from the census will be available in 2022 but no personal data is released for 100 years, keeping everything secure.

Ruth Dyble, census engagement manager, said: “The census is such an important survey, giving us accurate information about our local communities that will shape the future.

“It will also give us an everlasting picture of Richmondshire during a pandemic.

“It’s a great thing to do as a family and quick and easy to complete. I would encourage everyone to make sure their voice is heard and leave a record for future generations.”

Every household should have received a letter containing a unique access code used to fill in the census online.

Census day is March 21, but it can be completed as soon as it is received if there will be no change in who usually lives in the household. Papers forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

Anyone needing help, or wanting a paper form, can visit

The census support centre is on freephone 0800 141 2021.