Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census.
Other iconic landmarks including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower are signed up for the celebration, which will see them light up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.
National Census Day
The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of census day on March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
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.
Secure funding for your local services
Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council is urging everyone to take part, saying:
A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.
This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part. It’s easier this time as the census can be completed online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.
Civic Office goes purple
Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:
The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.
We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.
We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Epping Forest District Council for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history
Civic Office in Epping will light up purple from 19 March until 21 March.
Be a part of history
Every household in England and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. Census day is March 21, but you can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household. Papers forms are available for those who need it.
Help and support
We have been working with Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) to ensure the census is accessible for all residents.
The Epping Forest Support Line has been set up to provide help and support with completing the census online.
- Call 01992 564208
VAEF will also be hosting some Census digital support drop-in centres.
Oakwood Hill Community Centre, Longcroft rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB will be open Mondays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
- 22 March
- 29 March
- 5 April
- 12 April
- 19 April
- 26 April
Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3EL will be open Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
- 13 April
- 20 April
- 27 April
Ongar Leisure Centre, Fyfield Road, The Gables, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0GA will be open Fridays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
- 16 April
- 23 April
- 30 April
For further information on Census 2021, visit the Census website
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