Census 2021

Census 2021

There’s still time to complete the 2021 census.

Reminder letters will be going out and census officers will also be visiting households who have not yet completed it. They will be operating in a COVID secure way and will not be entering properties.

The census is mandatory and you can be fined if you don't do it.

Help with the Census

There are a range of support services, including:

  • the Census website
  • Free phone: 0800 141 2021 (England)
  • Text relay service: (18001) 0800 141 2021 (England)
  • Free language helpline: 0800 587 2021

You can also contact your local Census Support Centre.

These centres are open Monday to Friday. Check your local centre for opening times.   

Find out more information about what support is available (pdf, 2MB) (opens new window) .

See the list of Census 2021 questions (pdf, 85KB) (opens new window) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest information on the 2021 Census can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.

About the census

The census is a survey that takes place every 10 years.

The survey gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing, or cycle routes.

Keeping your data safe

No one can identify you in the published census statistics. Your census record is kept confidential for 100 years and only then can future generations see it. Find more information about how your data is kept safe on the census website.