MP COLUMN: We need to know what North Tyneside looks like today
You may have already received a letter about Census Day on March 21.
The letter contains an access code that you can use to log in and complete the questionnaire on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
Support, including paper questionnaires, will be available to those who need it.
The Census is every ten years. It gives a comprehensive picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It looks at who we are, what we do, and how we live.
The Census is important because it gives the most detailed information we have about our society.
The 2011 Census showed that North Tyneside consisted of 47,000 households, that 19% of us were retired, and that 48% of us drove to work.
We need to know what North Tyneside looks like today to inform decisions on how to plan and fund local transport, education, and healthcare services.
Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It also helps businesses to understand us as customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops.
The Census also sheds light on long term trends while also reflecting our changing society.
But the Census won’t work without your help and your taking part.
You must complete the Census questionnaire by law as is common with such surveys around the world or you could face a fine of up to £1,000. Last time that happened to just four people.
But it’s in everyone’s interests that we have a comprehensive picture of our society so we can plan for the common good. I hope you agree.
Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP