HOUSEHOLDS in Tenbury will be asked to take part in the next census in spring.

Run by the Office for National Statistics, the census will be held on March 21 and is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Letters will soon be sent out with online codes explaining how to take part. It will be the first census to be run predominantly online, allowing people to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Questions will include age, sex, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Data will inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health, on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.