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Census 2021 – What it Means for You

The census is coming on Sunday 21st of March. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

What is the census and why does it matter?

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society. 

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. The census is run by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) in England Wales and is independent from the Government. 

What you need to do

Before the 21st of March, you will receive a letter in the post with an access code and instructions on how to fill in the census online. 

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available. 

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone. You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including: 

●    guidance and help in many languages and formats 
●    a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
●    accessible census guidance, for example, in braille

What you should know

The ONS will ask you about your

  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • National identity

And, for the first time, they will also ask voluntary questions about

  • Sexual orientation 
  • Gender identity 
  • Armed forces service (if applicable) 

This is to give more accurate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. It will help organisations combat any inequalities these groups face and show where services are needed.

The ONS will only ask people aged 16 years and over these voluntary questions. 

If you do not feel comfortable identifying on the same form as the rest of your household, you can request an individual census questionnaire and answer separately. 

You can identify with your chosen identity, but if you cannot find the option you require, you can use the search-as-you-type function. Alternatively, you can request a paper questionnaire. That will allow to you write in the identity that you feel most accurately represents you. 

Remember, it’s up to you to decide how you would like to answer each question. Do it in the way that you feel best represents you. 

N.B. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Remember, by filling in your census questionnaire, you’re helping make sure you and your community get the services needed for the next 10 years and beyond. That’s why it’s so important to take part.

If you need help or have any questions, visit 

ONS is Recruiting

Visit to see all Census 2021 vacancies.