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 takes 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.
Why take part in the Census?
Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in your area.
You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.
How long do I have to complete the Census?
Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you’ve responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can make that known by calling for free.
If you're LGBTQ+ and not 'out' to the people you live with or have a part of you that you would like recorded in the 2021 Census and not declare it to your household, you can request an individual access code for the census. This will allow you to over-write any responses made to the online form your household will fill in collectively. No one in your household will be notified of your changes.