The Census is a survey that is undertaken every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. All kinds of organisations from local authorities, charities, education, transport and healthcare use the data to provide the services we all need.
The first Census was in 1801 and the latest in 2011. The next Census takes place on Sunday 21March 2021. Census 2021 is a digital first census, which means that people will be encourage to respond online if they can.
After Census Day, field officers will be visiting households who have not completed the forms online, during late March / early April. Field officers will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in line with government guidelines.
The Census will help organisations decide what society requires now and in the future. You must complete the Census by law, if you do not, or provide false information, you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are labelled voluntary, you do not need to answer those if you do not wish to.
Further information can be found in the documents below: