The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.
Census day was March 21 2021. Households should have received a letter in the post in early March, giving details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. It will include a unique access code, inviting you to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.
The census will only take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups. Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.
Help and support is available at census.gov.uk. This includes general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh).
You can also phone the contact centre on 0800 141 2021 or visit a support centre offering assistance.
To request a paper form, call 0800 876 6276.
If you have a question, you can ask it by using our web-based real-time enquiry service. If we're not online you can submit a question and we’ll get back to you the next working day. (Not visible in all browsers)
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If you don't complete the questionnaire, you could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.
Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.