The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.
All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.
By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.
The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England Wales and the next one will happen on Sunday 21 March 2021.
You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.
Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. You’ll get an access code from the Office for National Statistics. Simply go online and enter the code into the secure website to get started. The ONS will be in touch nearer the time with more information.
If you can’t get online or need help completing the census online, there’ll be Census Support Centres across England and Wales.
Visit www.census.gov.uk for more information.
Last modified: November 11, 2020