Decisions on funding

Understanding local communities in Wales

Data Cymru helps the Welsh Government access and use information. The census is one of the main sources it works with to help local government understand its communities and plan services.

For example, Data Cymru uses census information to find out about the pressures on things like schools, roads and transport. This helps with decisions on where changes need to be made. It also uses census information to compare different population groups living in Wales and to understand more about them and their needs.

The census is often the only source of information at a local, community level. It helps local Government understand how Wales and its communities are changing over time. This is important for planning, both now and in the future. Census information also helps inform decisions on funding given to local authorities, health services, police and other public services.

Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of Data Cymru said: “Census information is often the most robust, important information we have at the local, community level. It’s vital in helping us understand how Wales, and its communities, are changing over time.

“We are starting to get excited about Census 2021 and have already begun planning how we can support local authorities in Wales, and their partners, to use the new data when it’s published.”