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.
The next Census will take place on 21 March.
You'll soon see advertisements on the TV and in newspapers and towards the end of February a postcard will be delivered to your home to remind you that the Census is happening.
At the beginning of March, you will receive an Information Pack in the post which will tell you all you need to know about completing the Census form. Remember, you complete one form per household.
You'll be able to complete the form online, but if you don't have your own computer (or tablet or smart phone) you can ask a family member or someone else you trust to help you. If you'd prefer to fill in a paper form, the Information Pack will tell you how to ask for one.
You can start to complete the form as soon as you get it, but you should complete it no later than 21 March.
Please don't worry about filling in the form. You can get help from the special Census Help Line (the number will be in your Information Pack)