Census day has now passed. You must fill in your census, if you haven’t already. Whatever your needs, there are support services to help you. If you need help, visit the census website or call 0800 141 2021.
Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.
What is the census?
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets from early March.
How do I get involved?
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
How to start your census now
You should have already received a letter with an online code explaining how you can complete your form. If you didn't receive a letter, please get in touch with the census contact centre. You can also request a paper questionnaire if you’d prefer to complete your census that way.
Once you have received your code, you can start your census online. You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000.
Local census support centres will be open while the census is happening. Staff will offer help for people not confident online, who don’t have a computer or need help completing on paper.
For more information, read through the frequently asked questions below, visit the census website online or call 0800 141 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions