Census 2021

The census is for everyone. Once every 10 years, it helps build the most complete picture of England and Wales. The whole population has the chance to provide the information that ensures all communities are represented in decisions on funding and services.

The census is so important that it’s compulsory for everyone in England and Wales to take part. We at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are responsible for making it as easy as possible for everyone to join in.

We want to understand the needs of communities and organisations like local charities for Census 2021. We’re working closely with your local council to co-ordinate census activities in your area that’ll help raise awareness and increase engagement. We’re also working closely with local community groups and charities. By working with you, we can make sure we understand any challenges people in your community may face in taking part. This will allow us to plan support that helps everyone to take part.

Thank you for supporting the census – and for encouraging people in your community to take part in March 2021.

Download Census Handbook