Census 21

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
 
It's important to fill in your census questionnaire because it gives us the most detailed information we have about our society. You must complete the census by law. Census data helps inform funding decisions on public services in your area. Whether it’s planning new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes, the information you share has an impact on the lives of everyone living in England and Wales. 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.
 
Census day will be 21 March, but households will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.
 
The information you give in the census helps provide the best picture of the needs of everyone in England and Wales.
Organisations such as local authorities and charities use this picture to plan and fund the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.