People in the Harrogate district are being urged to fill in their census form on census day, which is this Sunday (21st March).

The survey takes place every 10 years and provides councils and government with vital data to help them decide how to provide local services, it also gives residents the opportunity to be part of history.

By now, every household should have received a special code through the post, which allows them to complete their census return online. Paper forms can also be made available for those who need them.

Residents are being reminded that completing the census is compulsory by law and anyone who doesn’t fill it in could be fined up to £1,000.

Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Carl Les, said:

“Everyone benefits from the census. It informs decisions nationally and locally on vital services and issues. Ultimately, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GPs’ and dentists’ services based on the information people give.

“That’s why it is important to complete the census – to ensure an accurate picture exists to help us to direct our funds and services to the right places.”

For anyone who needs help completing their census return, Nidderdale Plus community hub in Pateley Bridge has been designated as the Harrogate district’s only official census support centre.

If you need their help to fill in the census, you can book an appointment to complete it at their office, and they can also answer questions over the phone and via e-mail. Their number is 01423 714953 and their e-mail address is admin@nidderdaleplus.org.uk

You can find more details about the census and fill in your return online here

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