The Census 2021 is here – an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey of UK households that happens every 10 years and provides an insight into the population – and we want to encourage everyone that looks after a relative, friend or someone else, to identify as an unpaid carer.
We urge everyone who provides unpaid care to someone as they have an illness, disability, mental health condition, an addiction, or are elderly, to tick yes to the census question about caring. The question (question 24) asks if you look after, or give help or support to, anyone and the number of hours per week that you care for.
Michèle Stokes, our Chief Executive, said: “It’s important that you and anyone else in your family or household have your caring role counted – whether looking after the same person or different people. The information helps organisations supporting carers plan their services.”
Michèle continued: “It doesn’t matter if you provide care regularly or occasionally, live separately to the person who needs support, or you juggle caring with work, education or other commitments, your role is still important. Caring involves different things, for example companionship or emotional support, organising appointments or getting medication, shopping, personal care or helping around the house or with finances.”
You can count yourself a carer if you provide unpaid care to someone (receiving Carer’s Allowance or other benefits is OK and doesn’t mean you’re a paid carer). You could be looking after a parent, husband or wife, child, sibling, relative – anyone who needs your support to stay safe or well.
If the person you support lives in a care home or supported accommodation – you are likely to provide help or comfort and so can record your caring role in the census.
Census day for people in England and Wales is Sunday 21st March 2021, but you can complete the survey sooner – when you have access to your census pack and code from the ONS, which is being sent via post. You can complete the census online at www.census.gov.uk and if you need support or a paper copy call 0800 587 2021 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 20th and 21st March, or 8am – 1pm on Saturdays). The householder can answer on behalf of everyone in the home or each person can complete the census. You must complete the census by law, if you don’t you could be fined
If you live in Hertfordshire and provide unpaid care to someone or are elsewhere and support someone in the county and would like to find out about our services or information related to your caring role please contact us. Email or call 01992 58 69 69.