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Take part in census 2021

The census took place on Sunday 21 March 2021. All households will have received letters with online codes explaining how they can take part.

The census is a survey which takes place every 10 years and is used to produce various statistics about people and households throughout England and Wales.

It tells the Office for National Statistics (ONS) what our needs are now and what they’re likely to be in the future. It also gives a snapshot of how we live, for future generations to look back on.

This year, the census will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021. 

For the first time, you will be encouraged to fill the census online if you can. You will receive a letter with a 16-digit access code that can be used to log in on the census 2021 website. This will allow you to complete the survey on your computer, phone or tablet.

The letter will also have details of how you can access a paper copy of the survey if you do not have access to the internet. You will have until early May to complete the census.

It’s really important that everyone takes part in the census. It will help make sure you and your community get the services you need now and in the future. Information provided in the census informs where billions of pounds are spent (for instance on things like roads, schools and hospitals).

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work. For example, charity and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding.

The personal information you put on your census is only used for statistical purposes. It will not allow you or anyone you live with to be identified.

It's easy to do and should take about ten minutes per person to complete.

Yes. Everyone in England and Wales is required to complete the census by law (or be included on a census for the place where they’re living or staying).

Every householder at an address is responsible for completing a census survey for their household. The householder should either answer the individual questions for all household members or make sure each member answers their own.

The ONS is offering support and guidance in a range of different languages. If you need help in a language other than English and Welsh, you can call the language helpline on 0800 587 2021 (please note this number is for language support only).

The census website has a range of accessible formats and other support available to help you find out about the census and complete it.

There are Census Support Centres that can help with general census queries, help you to fill in your online census or paper form, and discuss other ways to support you. 

Visit the census website at to find out more or for further help about census 2021.