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What is “The Census”

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years. It produces a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.

There is a set of questions about both the household as a unit and the individuals inside that unit. There is guidance available in a variety of formats:

Format to Read Large Print Easy Read Braile
Format to watch/listen Video with BSL Video with Audio Video with Subtitles

Every household has to complete the questionnaire and do so accurately. There is a fine (up £1,000) for not doing so – it is that important.

It will not take long; 10 minutes for the questions relating to the household. Then there are questions relating to all the people in the household.

An hour of your time now will help with decisions on many things for the next ten years.

The 2021 census takes place on Sunday 21st March. Look out for the letter with your access code. It will be arriving soon.

You can request a paper census questionnaire to be sent in the post.