The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.
Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.
Due to the pandemic, the census will take place online. It should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.
If you do not have access to a computer from Monday 1 March, a free contact centre will open if you need assistance with completing the census. Call on 0800 141 2021 to speak to an advisor.
The call centre opening times are:
- Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 8pm
- Saturdays: 8am to 1pm
- Sundays: closed
The census is vital in making sure the country can best plan and fund crucial services such as healthcare, transport and housing. Your input is important so make your voice heard.
However, we understand that not all residents will have access to the internet, therefore you will also be able to complete the census via a paper version or over the telephone. From tomorrow, households will begin to receive an official postcard with information about the census. In addition,