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Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 14:40 by Susan Halkett
Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You may already have seen advertisements on the TV, in newspapers and social media.
What is the census?
The census is a series of questions that gives a data picture of British society and this year it will give future generations a fascinating insight into how we lived during the coronavirus pandemic. More »
But, more importantly, it helps the government plan and fund services in local communities. The responses might highlight a need for a new school, increased health care facilities or other services in your area.
How does it work?
Next week (from 22 February) every house will be sent a Purple Postcard in the post to remind everyone that the census is on its way.
The following week every house will be sent an Information Pack. This will contain a unique code which will give access to the census form online using any device. The Pack will also explain how to complete the census and how to get help if anyone needs it.
If someone doesn't want to complete the census themselves, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will explained in the Information Pack.
What information is collected?
The census collects information about individuals, their households and their homes. This information is collated and analysed and the first figures will be released next year. Billions of pounds of funding depend on the results of the census.
Is personal information safe?
Yes. Any information that is published following the census is fully anonymised. This year's census records will be held securely and will be released into the public domain in 2121 when they will be available for everyone to read.
Does everyone have to complete the census form?
Yes. It's a legal requirement to complete the census.
Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:31 by Susan Halkett
Postal voters urged to apply early for new Council's historic elections
Residents in Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply early to vote by post for the first-ever elections to the new West Northamptonshire Council this spring.
On Thursday, 6 May voters across the three areas will go to the polls to elect a total of 93 councillors for the new unitary authority, which will be formed on 1 April this year, replacing the existing district, borough and county councils. More »
On Polling Day residents will also be able to cast votes for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and to elect representatives for many of their local parish councils.
Work is underway to ensure that residents can cast their votes safely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a range of Covid-safe measures being planned for polling stations, alongside the other usual options such as voting by post or by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf).
People are urged to apply for postal votes as early as possible ahead of the deadline of 5pm on 20 April and those wishing to vote by proxy can also do this now before the deadline of 5pm on 27 April.
Anyone who is not yet registered to vote must do so by Monday, 19 April in order to take part in this spring's elections.
Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: "The Government has said they will be keeping the date of the elections under review which is right and proper given the fast-changing circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"We're currently preparing for them to go ahead as scheduled on 6 May, including putting robust measures in place to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to safely cast their vote in these historic elections for West Northamptonshire.
"Despite these extra measures, anyone who is clinically vulnerable or does not feel able to visit a polling station on Election Day should register to vote by post or proxy as soon as possible."
Polling arrangements are currently being organised by elections staff in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton until the new West Northamptonshire Council is formed on 1 April. In the run-up to this, residents will still need to apply for postal and proxy votes via their existing district or borough councils.
Voters in Daventry District can apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01327 871100, Northampton residents should email email@example.com or call 0300 330 7000, and people living in South Northants should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01327 322128.
Residents unsure whether or not they are registered to vote can check by contacting their local elections team on the contact details above. Those who need to register can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, where they will be asked to provide their name, National Insurance number and date of birth. » Less