Census 2021

About the census

The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

We urge all of you to participate in Census 2021 to help aid policy-makers conduct decisions based on the latest information possible.

Why you should take part in the census

Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in our area. The census is a benchmark for future population statistics and crucial for helping to understand the needs of our communities, both now and for years to come.

When to complete your census

Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.

You will be sent a letter with an access code and details of how to complete your form online. The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.

You must complete the census by law

It is an offence to supply false information or to not complete the census, and you could be fined up to £1,000.

More Details

Details about the census can be found in other languages here. The personal information you give is protected by law, you may read more about the data and security here.

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