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Big "thank you" to residents for census response

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Thursday, 13 May, 2021

Burnley Council is saying a big “thank you” to all its residents for their outstanding response to this year's census.

Despite the many challenges in delivering a census during a global pandemic, the response rate in the borough of Burnley has exceeded the council’s target response rate of 80%.

Overall, the census – delivered by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) once every ten years and supported by councils in England and Wales – has been a huge success nationally with 97% of households responding.

Rob Dobson, the council’s head of policy and engagement, said: “The census only comes around every 10 years but it is an extremely important piece of work that helps shape the future of our borough. We’re grateful to everyone who took part by filling out their census form.

“It was difficult to predict how the response to the census would go this year with the numerous challenges that the pandemic presented in organising a national survey of this scale.

"The responses that have been given will go a long way to shaping the services that we provide and the way that we deliver them."

A very small selection of households nationwide will also receive a visit from a field officer from the ONS in May, who will go through a census coverage survey with them.

This is not a compulsory survey; however, the answers given by residents that respond to this request will help us check the accuracy of the census.

Although Census Day has been and gone it is not too late to respond online. It only takes around 10 minutes per person. If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to www.census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message.

After Monday (17th May) only paper questionnaires will be available.

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