Martin Lewis warns all households could face £1k fine from Sunday due to Census
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Financial expert Martin Lewis has warned Brits that all households could be fined £1,000 from this Sunday if they don’t fill in the 2021 Census.
The Census is an online form which asks questions about your household.
It covers topics like who you live with, your job, your religion and he type of property you have.
Every household will be sent a letter in the post which has a unique code to allow you to fill in the Census.
If you haven’t received yours yet you can request one on the gov.uk website.
You only need to fill this out once per household, and you can request to do this via an online form or postal survey.
Every household in England and Wales is being pushed to fill in the form on Census Day – March 21 2021.
But, you can also fill it in as soon as possible after this date.
The Scotland Census will not take place until 2022.
Martin wrote in his weekly MoneySavingExpert newsletter : "This Sunday is 'Census Day'… fill it in or risk a £1,000 fine.
"It’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only, and ignoring the survey altogether could land you in hot water."
If you don’t fill out the census you may be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement to do so.
Providing false information is also a criminal offence so remember to fill in the Census accurately.
However, not every question is mandatory – so you don’t have to fill in those answers if you’d prefer not to.
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The optional questions include details of your sexual orientation, gender or religion.
James Andrews, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “The last thing anyone needs right now is a £1,000 fine landing on their doormat.
“I would urge everyone to ensure that they fill in and submit their census form within the deadline to avoid having to pay a penalty.
“It should only take 10 minutes a person, with another 10 to cover the ‘household’ section.”
- Martin Lewis
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