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Census Day

Date: 19 March 2021

Census Day, Sunday 21 March 2021 


Every ten years the Office of National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census, which provides them with a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.


What is the purpose of the census?

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. Find out more about the census and its purpose here.


When should I complete the census?

Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after this date.


If you complete the census before Sunday 21 March and things change, you can let the ONS know by calling 0800 141 2021.


What happens if I don’t complete it?

After Census Day, at the end of March and into April, the ONS will be visiting households from which they’ve not received a completed census form. The field officers will be there to encourage you to complete the census.


If you get a knock at your door and are unsure that the person there is from the ONS, you can call 0800 141 2021 to check their credentials. Please note, the field officers will not need to enter your home.


Do I have to complete the census?

Yes, it is a legal requirement for you to complete the census. If you don’t, you could be fined up to £1,000.


If I need some assistance, is there a number I can call?

Should you need to get in touch you can do so by calling 0800 141 2021.


Over census weekend (20 – 21 March) advisers will be on hand to help between the hours of 8am and 8pm.


Before and after census weekend, advisers will be available to help at the following times:


Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm

Saturdays - 8am to 1pm

Sundays - closed


For more ways to get in touch, click here.


For more information about the census, click here.

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