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Digital take up of Census 2021 beats target – Cardiff tops list for Wales!

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Digital take up of Census 2021 beats targets

C3SC are proud to have supported with the promotion of online responses to the Census 2021 in Cardiff.

A fantastic 97% of households across England and Wales responded to Census 2021 to ensure they count when it comes to local services – and almost 90% of them did so online.

Initial findings, released last week, show online take up of the first digital-first census far exceeded expectations, with more than 22 million responses submitted using the web questionnaire.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had set a pre-census target of at least 75% online completion. However, that was beaten, with 88.9% of households responding to the census choosing to do so on a digital device.

Mobile phone was the most common way of completing the electronic questionnaire, with 56.4% of households choosing to do so that way. Nearly 35% used a desktop computer, while 9% used a tablet.

The average completion time for the household online form was 23 minutes, in line with expectations.

Top 3 local authorities in England by online share for online first areas:

  • Tower Hamlets – 97.3%
  • Newham – 97.0%
  • City of London – 96.7%

Top 3 local authorities in Wales by online share for online first areas:

  • Cardiff – 95.2%
  • Newport – 94.3%
  • Vale of Glamorgan – 94.2%


Other Wales local authority districts
Vale of Glamorgan94.2
Rhondda Cynon Taf94.0
Merthyr Tydfil93.4

Source: Office for National Statistics

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Inclusive Data Taskforce report launch

Leaving no one behind – How can we be more inclusive in our data?

Last month, the ONS set out a series of initiatives to ensure the inclusivity of UK data, so that the issues facing the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society are fully represented in statistics and evidence.

This work builds on the recommendations of the Inclusive Data Taskforce, commissioned by the National Statistician, with the aim of transforming the inclusivity of UK data.

You can read more about the taskforce’s work here.

View the full report and recommendations here

You can also download the National Statistician’s response and the high-level work programme from the UKSA website.

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