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Census 2021

Key Information about the 2021 Census


What is the census?


The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides 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 new bus routes.


It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

When is the next census taking place?


The next census is planned for Sunday 21 March 2021.


Why should I take part in the census?


It’s important you take part in the census. The information it gives has the power to make a real impact on our day-to-day lives.


The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

Where can I find out more?


More information about the 2021 census is available via the official census website or from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Census 2021 job opportunities with the Office for National Statistics are currently being advertised.


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