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It’s time to fill in your census questionnaire now!

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PEOPLE across Ceredigion are being encouraged to fill in their census rehearsal questionnaires.

The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

The more people who respond now in Ceredigion, the more accurate information the ONS will have to plan for the success of the national event which helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision.

This week households in Ceredigion will have received letters in the post with details for how to fill in their census online about those living in their household on 13 October.

Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell said: “Everyone benefits from the census. It informs decisions nationally and locally on vital services and issues like diversity.

“And it is a massive undertaking. In 2021 we’ll be contacting nearly 30 million households and we’re holding a rehearsal in your area now, to make sure everything is working as it should.

Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell with local councillors and Wayne Hurley from Hafal charity

“Now you’ve got your letters, please go online and complete your questionnaires.”
Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell cycling through Wales

The rehearsal questionnaire is the proposed questionnaire for the 2021 Census, with a new question to record armed forces veterans, to support those who have served their country.

There are also new voluntary questions for people aged 16 and over on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Last weekend, Iain cycled between all the rehearsal areas, a 500-mile journey across England and Wales, from Carlisle, via Ceredigion, to Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

He met local people, raising money for the respective communities and highlighting the importance of the census.

“It’s been great to meet so many people – from local school children and community groups to local council leaders – who are passionate about the census,” Iain said. “The ride has raised money for some good causes and hopefully given something back to the areas we’re asking to support us with this rehearsal.”

For more information about the census, visit census.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter and Facebook @census2021.

There is still time to sponsor Iain, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cyclethecensusrehearsal

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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