Census 2021

By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors' surgeries and bike lanes.

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It's important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.

Every household will receive a letter inviting them to take part online. Support will be available for those who need it. There will be a free phone to request a paper questionnaire, or to complete your questionnaire over the phone, if needed.  

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.

If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there's a wide range of support services available.