Census

The next census in England and Wales is taking place on 21 March 2021.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census of the population of England and Wales every 10 years.

Every household in England and Wales must, by law, complete a census questionnaire.

Census 2021

By taking part, you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

This census is digital-first. You have until the beginning of May to complete it and if you need help, there’s a wide range of support services available. You can request support for yourself or someone else, including: 

  • Guidance and help in many languages and formats 
  • A paper version of the questionnaire 
  • Accessible census guidance, for example, in braille

If you cannot find what you need on the census website, there’s a dedicated online help hub and contact centre to give help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media. 

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