Those living in England and Wales risk £ 1,000 if they do not complete the 2021 census by May 24.
Although Census Day took place on March 21, the official closing date for the online form is Monday, May 24.
This weekend is the last chance for people to complete the online questionnaire before Monday’s deadline.
The census takes place every 10 years and collects information on all people living in England and Wales to help organizations make decisions about planning and funding public services.
In total, 97% of households have already participated in the 2021 census, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
3% of households have not yet participated and those who do not could be fined £ 1,000.
It is a legal obligation to complete the census, and it is also a criminal offense to give incorrect information.
According to the census website, if you do not complete the census, “a census official will contact you and encourage you to complete it. They will help you access the assistance you need to complete your form. ”
However, if you still do not return or submit a full census, then “you will commit a crime and you will be contacted by our non-compliance team.”
If you are sued you may have to pay a fine of up to £ 1000 plus court costs.
How to complete the census?
In order to complete the census online, you will need to submit your special access code, which will have been provided to you in a letter by post.
A new one can be requested online if you no longer have the letter.
You can also request that a paper census questionnaire be sent to your address, which can be completed after May 24.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 08:00:00