Ryedale District Council


Census 2021

With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in Ryedale.

The letters, with your unique access codes, have all gone out and responses are already coming in.  A successful census helps to give Councils and others the best picture of the needs of everyone living in Ryedale and the country now, and what will likely be needed in the future.

It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part, and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. 

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it.

The questionnaire includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, 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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.

Census facts

At the time of the last census…

  • 51,751 people lived in the Ryedale, including 2,078 students
  • 8 people worked in aircraft maintenance and related trades
  • There were 5 energy plant operatives
  • There were 51 veterinarians
  • 1,254 people were famers
  • Nearly 15,000 of you used a car or van to drive to work, although more than 5,000 worked from home
  • Ryedale was made up of 111 different ethnicities
  • Other than the UK, Poland was the top country of birth, with Polish the most popular language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 200 of you
  • There were 140 households with 2 or more families
  • 114 people said they were Jedi Knights

Census Q & A

What is the census?

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

When is it happening?

Census day is March 21. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?

The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

How long will it take?

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

What if I don't speak English or Welsh?

Translation booklets are available to download. If your language is not represented, please contact the customer contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

If you’re still having trouble filling in your Census 2021 form, you can join an online event for practical advice on how to complete it. Events are being held for one hour from 2.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 30.

Wednesday, March 31.

Thursday, April 1.

Tuesday, April 6 to Friday April 9.

Monday April 12- Wednesday April 14.

You can book a free ticket through Eventbrite. The event is called Census 2021 North East Region Completion Event.

The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh). You can also phone the contact centre on 0800 141 2021 or visit one of our support centres offering assistance.

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?

You could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.

Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.

Contact us

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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