If you are an attorney (Lasting Power of Attorney), deputy or care home manager, you may have a role to play (in addition to completing your own form) in the upcoming census. Census 2021 is Sunday 21st March 2021 and households are starting to receive a letter with details about how to complete the census online. If you require a paper census form, you can request one by visiting www.census.gov.uk or calling 0800 141 2021.
Completing the census is a legal requirement, but there will be some people who aren’t able to complete it themselves and will require support. If you live in a care home, the care home manager will have a paper form for you to complete and each resident should complete a form (or complete it online using an access code). Care home residents will receive a form at the care home if you are a:
In all other cases, you will receive a letter at your home address. If you require census information in accessible formats, they can be ordered here.
“…permit and encourage the person to participate, or to improve their ability to participate, as fully as possible…”
It is a legal requirement for all adults to complete a form for Census 2021, regardless of whether they have the mental capacity to make the decision or not. Therefore, if you are a deputy, attorney or care home manager, you may need to support people to complete their forms. In fact, if the person can’t complete the form themselves then it is your responsibility to complete it as best you can. Some questions are marked voluntary and these questions don’t have to be completed.
If you do complete a form on behalf of someone else, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act should be followed.
If, after applying these three principles, you conclude that the person lacks the mental capacity to complete Census 2021, the following principles must be applied: