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Lighting up for census 2021

Purple lights in the walkway at The Lexicon, Bracknell.

On census weekend, the council’s Time Square office and Eagle Lane and Princess Square in The Lexicon will be illuminated in purple lights, the official colour of census, to raise awareness and symbolise that the unique, once-in-a-decade survey is upon us.

On Friday, 19 March through to Sunday, 21 March they will join more than a hundred landmarks and buildings to mark this significant occasion by celebrating the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

Census day is Sunday, 21 March, and the survey gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It’s a time where households across the country will be completing their online survey in the first digital-first census.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

Jeremy May, ONS Census Engagement Manager for Bracknell Forest, said:

“The census helps to inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

“By lighting up significant buildings and landmarks we hope to highlight the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

“The census is simple, straightforward and safe to take part. It takes just 10 minutes per person to fill out your form and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them, as well as lots of support. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

Households will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. You can fill yours in before census day if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household.

Paper forms are available upon request, plus a range of other census support including at our libraries and Open Learning Centre. 

Further help is available from census 2021, or you can contact the census support centre on 0800 141 2021.