Census 2021 is coming
What the census is
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives The Office of Statistics (ONS) a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There's simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.
All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.
By taking part, you'll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.
Past, present and future
The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England Wales and the next one will happen on Sunday 21 March 2021. To prepare for it, we held a census rehearsal in 2019 to check our processes, systems and services were running smoothly ahead of the real thing.
It's important you take part in the census. The information it gives has the power to make a real impact on our everyday lives.
The census is vital to all of us
The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it's likely to need in the future. The information it collects helps plan and fund services in your area. This could include transport, education and healthcare.
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.
The Census 2021 webiste has all the information you need to complete the Census and apply for thousands of temporary job roles.
Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You may already have seen advertisements on the TV, in newspapers and social media.
What is the census?
The census is a series of questions that gives a data picture of British society and this year it will give future generations a fascinating insight into how we lived during the coronavirus pandemic.
But, more importantly, it helps the government plan and fund services in local communities. The responses might highlight a need for a new school, increased health care facilities or other services in your area.
How does it work?
Next week (from 22 February) every house will be sent a Purple Postcard in the post to remind everyone that the census is on its way.
The following week every house will be sent an Information Pack. This will contain a unique code which will give access to the census form online using any device. The Pack will also explain how to complete the census and how to get help if anyone needs it.
If someone doesn't want to complete the census themself, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will explained in the Information Pack.
What information is collected?
The census collects information about individuals, their households and their homes. This information is collated and analysed and the first figures will be released next year. Billions of pounds of funding depend on the results of the census.
Is personal information safe?
Yes. Any information that is published following the census is fully anonymised. This year's census records will be held securely and will be released into the public domain in 2121 when they will be available for everyone to read.
Does everyone have to complete the census form?
Yes. It's a legal requirement to complete the census.
For more information visit census.gov.uk