Census 2021 – Advice on participation from the Isle of Wight Council

Households across the Isle of Wight will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” said Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, 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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

There’s lots of information available if you would like to find out more about the Census in advance at census.gov.uk but, also please feel free to contact Ursula Dowd, census engagement manager, Isle of Wight on 07452 936794 or email [email protected] – You can still fill in a paper copy if required – Contact Ursula or check on the IWC Site HERE

Citizens Advice – Advice First Aid Volunteers required.

Citizens Advice are actively recruiting volunteers to act as ‘Advice First Aiders’. If you feel you are a well-established member of your local community who will be able to signpost people to trusted sources of information, whilst maintaining the aims and values of Citizens Advice, then this may the role for you. For further details please download this Description of the Role : advice first aider volunteer.

Christmas Household Refuse Schedule 2020 from the IWC

Islanders are being advised that waste, recycling and garden subscription collections are changing over the Christmas and new year period — although many households will only see one week of change to their usual waste collection day.

Between Monday 21 and Friday 25 December, all households will have their bins collected on a different day than normal.

For most people, this will simply be a day earlier. However, collections due on Monday 21 December will instead be on Saturday 19 December.

Collections then return to normal the following week other than for those homes with collections due on Friday 1 January, with waste or recycling collections that day being completed on Saturday 2 January instead.

All collections return to normal the following week from Monday 4 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will also follow the same amended timetable. If you have a garden waste subscription you can pop your real Christmas tree out alongside your garden bin for recycling.

Waste/recycling or garden waste due to be collected on:  Will be collected on: 
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) Thursday 24 December
Monday 28 December Unchanged
Tuesday 29 December Unchanged
Wednesday 30 December Unchanged
Thursday 31 December Unchanged
Friday 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day) Saturday 2 January 2021

To assist residents with their waste and recycling, households will be allowed to place excess polystyrene in a clear or white sack between Saturday 19 December and Friday 8 January on their refuse collection week only.

Excess polystyrene or other waste placed in black sacks will not be collected.

Afton Marsh Recycling Centre, Freshwater will open as usual on its normal opening days and hours. Lynnbottom Recycling Centre, near Newport will be open as normal other than on Christmas Day when it will be closed.

Bulky waste collections will run as normal other than on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they will be unavailable.

Natasha Dix, the council’s waste and environment manager, said: “The Christmas period can mean more waste – but like the rest of the year we can still recycle most of it if we all put it in the right bins.

“You might not be sure where to put some of the seasonal things — maybe wrapping paper or bubble wrap — so check the council website for the definitive list.

“Get your waste sorted and we can maintain the Island’s position as one of the leading counties for recycling across England — even at Christmas.”

More information on waste collections can be accessed at www.iwight.com/waste

Isle of Wight Council Budget Consultation 2021/22

Have your say on council spending

Islanders are being invited to give their views on how the Isle of Wight Council should spend its money next year.

The authority has launched its budget consultation — and residents, businesses, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils are being encouraged to have their say on spending and service priorities for 2021/22.

The council expects to spend around £340 million in the next financial year on areas including schools, social care, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, regeneration and road maintenance.

Council leader, Dave Stewart said: “We’ve managed our budget very robustly over the past few years, and are determined to deliver a robust, workable and forward-looking budget again next year.

“Frontline services have been maintained and improved, with improved efficiencies in many areas.

“Obviously, this year, we have a different challenge with the coronavirus pandemic that remains ongoing, so we have to plan this into our budget analysis for next year too.

“The views of individuals and representatives from all sectors across the Island is hugely valuable to the shaping of our spending and service priorities for the year ahead.

“We welcome views from all contributors as we develop an innovative and workable budget — and one which will allow us to continue to provide sustainable services in the future, within a stable financial environment and help us to keep the Island safe.”

You can give your views online over the next six weeks by visiting: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Financial-Management/Budget-Consultation

COVID-19 Cases Reported in the Parish – Follow Government Guidelines


In response to recent CV19 cases being reported in the Parish –

please remember government guidance:

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Pop Up Business School – Running Free Sessions on the IOW

The PopUp Business School delivers courses to help people set up their own business and the organisation ran a very successful course on the island last year.

Whilst previously the courses have been delivered over one week, this cohort – sponsored by the Isle of Wight Council, Southern Housing Group and Sovereign – will be delivered over two weeks and include additional personal development training to help those who have perhaps recently lost their job due to the pandemic.

The course will be live streamed online between Monday 12th October and Friday 30th October. If someone is interested in only the self-development part of the course, they can sign up to just this element – It is completely free to join and participants can sign up by visiting: www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/iow

Omega Befriending Service – Now Available On The Isle of Wight

As seen  – recently – in the County Press, Omega is a small charity based in Shrewsbury that supports socially isolated people.  Whilst based in Shropshire, they work across the UK.  They have already started a partnership on the Isle of Wight with Sovereign Housing Association a story which has been shared with the Isle of Wight County Press.  You can read about this on their website at – https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18627120.friendship-letter-phone-hopes-help-isolated-islanders/.  

Two of the projects they operate, both of which are free of charge, may be of interest to local residents:

This is a telephone befriending scheme.  their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients and are happy to talk about anything as well as offering emotional support.  You can see more information at –

A Letter from Louise
This is a penpal befriending service.  As with Chatterbox, their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients with similar interests so they can share stories and experiences.  All post is directed via their office using a freepost system, so client’s addresses are confidential. Many of their befrienders include photos and pictures with their letters.  You can see more information at –