Census day was Sunday 21st March 2021. Census is a national survey that takes place once every 10 years.
The Census asks questions about who you and those in your household are and how you live. The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) design the census to help build a true picture of our society. There is no other survey that gathers as much information about us and our area’s future needs.
The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent of households across England and Wales responding so far.
Time is running out if you still need to complete your census
If you haven’t completed your online census questionnaire yet, time is running out to use your 16 digit access code. The online questionnaire will close on 17 May. You will still be able to complete a paper form after this date.
If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to www.census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message
If people refuse to take part, they could be taken to court and issued with a £1,000 fine and criminal record. The census non-compliance operation will begin on May 25.
Local census support centres have now closed, but help and paper questionnaires are still available through the census contact centre on freephone 0800 141 2021
Census Coverage Survey
Around 350,000 households across England and Wales will be invited to take part in the Census Coverage Survey (CCS). This short, separate, interviewer-led survey will enable the ONS to get a final view of the response rates.
From May 4, a sample of households will receive a card through the post asking them to take part in the Census Coverage Survey. This short, separate, interviewer-led survey will enable the ONS to get a final view of the response rates. Following the government’s COVID-19 guidelines, a census interviewer will visit the address and fill in the questionnaire with you on your doorstep. The interviewer will be able to show an ID badge on a Census 2021 branded lanyard.
For more information on the Census Coverage Survey visit Census Coverage Survey - Census 2021.