Census 2021: Blackpool Tower and other UK landmarks lit in purple to remind people to fill out form

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20 Mar 2021, 23:55Updated: 20 Mar 2021, 23:55

HUNDREDS of landmarks across the country will be lit in purple as a reminder that people have to fill out the Census 2021.

Buildings including the Blackpool Tower, the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and the BT Tower in London will be decked in purple lights - the colour used for the census.

The census takes place every 10 years with every household in the UK required to fill out a form providing details of who lives or stays at the property and details of the house itself.

This year's census is only taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as Scotland has decided to postpone until next year due to covid.

The punishment for failing to complete the form, either physically or online, by Sunday is a whopping £1,000 fine.

Read our Census 2021 live blog below for the latest news, updates and useful tips...

WATCH: VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS 2021 FORM

Video explains how to complete the Census 2021 form

MSE FOUNDER MARTIN LEWIS' CENSUS WARNING

Martin Lewis has warned all households could face a £1,000 fine from this Sunday – unless they fill in the Census 2021 survey.

The Census is a questionnaire about your household, covering topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in and your employment status.

Martin wrote in his weekly MoneySavingExpert newsletter: “This Sunday is ‘Census Day‘… fill it in or risk a £1,000 fine.

“It’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only, and ignoring the survey altogether could land you in hot water.”

If you don’t take part, you could be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement for each household to fill out the census.

CENSUS 2021 EXPECTED TO COST £900M

The cost of carrying out the Census 2021 is expected to reach £900m.

The questionnaire, which household are legally obliged to fill out, is expected to be largely carried out online, for the first time ever.

Some 28m households in England and Wales are due to complete the survey tomorrow, March 21.

“It’s going to be fascinating,” said Peter Benton, the ONS’s director in charge of the census. “There has never been a more important time to take a snapshot. We have just left the European Union, we have the impact of the pandemic and we will be able to see that in the census statistics.”

CENSUS 2021: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL OUT?

It takes an average of ten minutes per person to fill out the Census form.

Most people have completed the questionnaire within 30 minutes.

Make sure you get it done tomorrow – it doesn’t take long.

MSE'S MARTIN LEWIS' CENSUS WARNING

Martin Lewis has warned all households could face a £1,000 fine from this Sunday – unless they fill in the Census 2021 survey.

The Census is a questionnaire about your household, covering topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in and your employment status.

Martin wrote in his weekly MoneySavingExpert newsletter: “This Sunday is ‘Census Day‘… fill it in or risk a £1,000 fine.

“It’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only, and ignoring the survey altogether could land you in hot water.”

If you don’t take part, you could be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement for each household to fill out the census.

CENSUS 2021: WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR FORM

If you have lost your census form, the best thing to do is obtain a unique access code in order to login to your census account online.

The unique 16-digit code will be printed on the letter sent to you by Census UK.

You can request a new access code to start a new census if you’ve lost or not received a code in the post.

WATCH: GOGGLEBOX FANS BEWILDERED AS STARS APPEAR IN THE BREAK TALKING ABOUT THE CENSUS - NOT REALISING IT'S AN AD

Gogglebox fans bewildered as stars appear in the break talking about the Census - not realising it's an ad

FEARS BRITS COULD INCLUDE PETS IN CENSUS

Brits are expected to make a dog’s dinner of the 2021 census – by including their pooches.

Pandemic puppies and Covid cats are being entered on the once-a-decade statistics survey.

They are being listed as boneafide family members – with households listing them as sons or daughters, researchers say.

Research carried out suggests at least 16 per cent of households will list dogs as family members in the census.

It’s believed 3.2m households bought a pet during the pandemic.

Read the full story here.

CENSUS 2021: JERMAINE JENAS FILLED OUT HIS FORM 'DURING THE HALF TIME BREAK', URGES FANS TO COMPLETE SURVEY

DENISE VAN OUTEN URGES BRIT TO GET THEIR CENSUS 2021 'DONE'

Denise Van Outen has also lent her status to promoting the Census 2021.

The TV personality and presenter tweeted a Census video, saying: "Jacob & Lucy from Brighton have done it.

"Watch their @census2021 story here and see how you can fill in yours too #CensusDone."

CENSUS 2021: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T FILL OUT YOUR FORM?

According to Census.co.uk, anyone who doesn’t complete the form will have a census officer get in touch with them.

They will help make adjustments for the participant to complete their document – but further failure to comply is a crime which results in a potential court case.

Should court proceedings go ahead, people risk paying £1,000 and any associated court costs.

These fines are usually a last resort though, and likely wouldn’t be enforced until several months after this deadline.

Just four people received the maximum £1,000 fine during the last census in 2011.

WHAT IS CENSUS DAY 2021?

The census takes place every 10 years in the UK, including this year in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

People have a set date by which they need to complete the relatively short questionnaire. In 2021, the date is Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The census takes into account whole households, and it is compulsory to complete it.

If you haven’t heard from the ONS by March 21, you can contact them via census.gov.uk to ask for your unique code.

Scotland has postponed their census until March 20, 2022.

#CENSUSDONE: ALESHA DIXON URGES PEOPLE TO FOLLOW SUIT AND FILL OUT THEIR FORM

Alesha Dixon has told her followers to follow suit and get their Census 2021 form "done".

She tweeted: "Filled out my @Census2021"

"Have you done yours? #CensusDone #census2021 #adulting."

CENSUS 2021: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL OUT?

It takes an average of ten minutes per person to fill out the Census form.

Most people have completed the questionnaire within 30 minutes.

Make sure you get it done tomorrow - it doesn't take long.

WHAT IS THE CENSUS USED FOR?

Modern censuses have been taking place every ten years since 1801 with the exception of 1941 (during World War Two) and another in Ireland in 1921.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS), which carries out the census, says it helps to give a “complete picture of the nation”.

The census helped provide vital information that the government needs to develop policies, plan and run public services and allocate funding.

CENSUS 2021: WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR FORM

If you have lost your census form, the best thing to do is obtain a unique access code in order to login to your census account online.

The unique 16-digit code will be printed on the letter sent to you by Census UK.

You can request a new access code to start a new census if you’ve lost or not received a code in the post.

EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO CENSUS RECORDS?

Statistics obtained from recent censuses can be found at the ONS website but if you want to dig back even further you can go to the National Archives.

No personal data is released or shared by the ONS, but people can look at profiles of the country and their local area.

ONS carries out a number of checks before publishing results to protect people’s personal information.

FEARS BRITS COULD INCLUDE PETS IN CENSUS

Brits are expected to make a dog's dinner of the 2021 census - by including their pooches.

Pandemic puppies and Covid cats are being entered on the once-a-decade statistics survey.

They are being listed as boneafide family members - with households listing them as sons or daughters, researchers say.

Research carried out suggests at least 16 per cent of households will list dogs as family members in the census.

It's believed 3.2m households bought a pet during the pandemic.

Read the full story here.

WHAT IS CENSUS DAY 2021?

The census takes place every 10 years in the UK, including this year in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

People have a set date by which they need to complete the relatively short questionnaire. In 2021, the date is Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The census takes into account whole households, and it is compulsory to complete it.

If you haven’t heard from the ONS by March 21, you can contact them via census.gov.uk to ask for your unique code.

Scotland has postponed their census until March 20, 2022.

EXPLAINED: WHY DO WE HAVE A CENSUS AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Modern censuses have been taking place every ten years since 1801 with the exception of 1941 (during World War Two) and another in Ireland in 1921.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS), which carries out the census, says it helps to give a “complete picture of the nation”.

The census helped provide vital information that the government needs to develop policies, plan and run public services and allocate funding.

CENSUS 2021: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T FILL OUT YOUR FORM?

According to Census.co.uk, anyone who doesn’t complete the form will have a census officer get in touch with them.

They will help make adjustments for the participant to complete their document – but further failure to comply is a crime which results in a potential court case.

Should court proceedings go ahead, people risk paying £1,000 and any associated court costs.

These fines are usually a last resort though, and likely wouldn’t be enforced until several months after this deadline.

Just four people received the maximum £1,000 fine during the last census in 2011.

MILITARY VETS URGED TO COMPLETE CENSUS

Veteran's minister Johnny Mercer has issued a plea for Armed Forces veterans to complete Census 2021.

This year's survey includes details of military careers for the first time.

Mercer, a former British Army officer, said: “The census is key to aiding local authorities and government departments in understanding the demographics of an area, and what specific resources citizens require.

“The best way to get information on these needs is through the census. By declaring your veteran status if you’ve served, we will be able to get a greater understanding of the numbers, locations and age ranges of our Armed Forces veterans.

“This census data will allow the Government, the NHS and the service charity sectors to get more detailed information about which areas of the country need more resources and expertise, to aid veterans and their families.”

CENSUS 2021 EXPECTED TO COST £900M

The cost of carrying out the Census 2021 is expected to reach £900m.

The questionnaire, which household are legally obliged to fill out, is expected to be largely carried out online, for the first time ever.

Some 28m households in England and Wales are due to complete the survey tomorrow, March 21.

“It’s going to be fascinating,” said Peter Benton, the ONS’s director in charge of the census. “There has never been a more important time to take a snapshot. We have just left the European Union, we have the impact of the pandemic and we will be able to see that in the census statistics.”

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T FILL OUT THE CENSUS 2021?

Completing a census is a legal requirement every 10 years - and census day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year is Sunday, March 21.

A spokesman for the Office for National Statistics explained what will happen if you don't fill in the census this weekend - or as soon as possible afterwards.

She said: "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 and remind people that their census response is required by law. However, they will never enter a property.

"All contacts with the public will be socially distanced and field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance. It will operate much like postmen and supermarket delivery drivers have worked during the pandemic.

"We will make every attempt to help people complete their forms and we’ll provide assistance wherever possible – including support for those who find on-line completion difficult.

"The census is a legal obligation we will as a last resort, prosecute those who actively refuse."

LANDMARKS TO BE LIT IN PURPLE FOR CENSUS

Hundreds of landmarks around the country will be lit in purple as a way of reminding people of the census.

The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to highlight Census 2021 which takes place tomorrow, March 21.

Iconic landmarks, including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower are signed up for the celebration.

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