The census has arrived! By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.
If you have yet to complete your 2021 census questionnaire, reminders will be posted to you from March 23 2021. Census field officers will also be visiting addresses to help people with completing the census. To provide reassurance the Office for National Statistics have produced guidance on how to identify a genuine census field officer. They've been clear that census field officers will carry official ID, will never ask to enter someone’s home, never ask for money and will strictly follow all Covid safety guidelines
It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales. A range of guidance and support is available to help you respond.
Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Don't worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.
Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. However, if you're unable to respond online please don’t worry, you can request a paper questionnaire.
If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.
Many people keep second homes to use for holidays and letting. As these homes also require the use of public services, it's important that the census records these. The Office for National Statistics have published guidance on how owners should do this.
If you need help, you can visit the Census 2021 website, where there’s a wide range of support services available.
On our social media channels, you’ll see information about the census, fun facts from previous censuses, the census forms of famous historical people, polls, and stories about how information from the census has helped to shape the provision of services across England and Wales:
The ONS wants to make sure that everyone knows about the 2021 census, so you'll also find some useful resources attached to this page under 'Related documents' to download and share.
The results of the 2021 census will be available from spring 2022. Further information is available from the ONS website.