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Census 2021

Get prepared for Census 2021

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. Look out for a letter from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) providing you with an access code so you can complete your census online.

By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.

How to take part

You can complete your census online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

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.

Completing the census online is easy but if you need help there is support available.

Help to complete the census

You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including:

  • guidance and help in many languages and formats
  • a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
  • accessible census guidance, for example, in braille

If you need help filling in your census:

About the census

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and data collected is anonymous. Government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

For more information visit the census website www.census.gov.uk

See the key findings from the Census 2011