Census 2021 is not over 

There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021. Nine out of ten households across England and Wales have completed their questionnaire – but everyone must take part.

Every household is required by law to complete the census. Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to fill out your form and avoid a fine.

The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a home.

Census 2021

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.

You can view any census data that is published on the Office for National Statistics website.

Since 1801, every ten years the Office for National Statistics sets aside one day for the census and a count of all people and households.

It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have.

The latest census was held on Sunday 27 March 2011.

Intact chosen as Census Support Centre

The Census 2021 has to be completed online and Intact has been chosen as the Census Support Centre for the Preston area, helping people who have no access to a digital device, to fill in the questionnaire.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us 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. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

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.

When is it happening?

Census day is March 21 2021. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?

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.

How long will it take?

The census will 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.

What if I don’t speak English?

Translation booklets are available to download below.

If your language is not represented, please contact the Census customer contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

Why is there a specific question about ex-service personnel in Census 2021?

In consultation with ex-service organisations, it has been identified that veterans were poorly represented regarding funding and service provision.

The Census will help address this – making it count for Veterans!

What do you mean by ‘Veteran’?

If you have ever been issued an official Military identification number, you are classed as a Veteran.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include 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 one of our support centres offering assistance.

What happens if I don’t complete my questionnaire?

You could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.

Census 2021 Programme update

Census 2021 is still going ahead as planned in England and Wales on 21 March 2021, even with the current COVID-19 situation and lockdown.

  • Census 2021 will highlight areas of deprivation, it will show the ethnic make-up of the country, it will provide information on our living arrangements, health, education and the jobs we do and the data from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come.It will also provide important insights into the impact of the pandemic on our society.
  • Census 2021 have planned and built a flexible operation which can adapt to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. It will continue to review and adapt plans to ensure staff and the public can be kept safe, and everyone can be safely counted.
  • Census 2021 is currently ensuring that the right plans and resources are in place to deliver a successful census safely and securely.
  • Census 2021 are committed to ensuring that everyone is kept safe as they take part in the Census. This will be a digital-first census and we will be encouraging people to respond online if they can.
  • Census 2021 has been designed to be simple, straightforward and safe to complete. The census field operation, which follows up with people who need help to complete their questionnaires, will be carried out without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contacts with the public will be socially distanced and our field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance.