Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that people will be encouraged to respond online if they can, using any device, including a mobile phone or tablet.
Census Day, a once in a decade event, is Sunday 21 March but a return can be completed as soon as you receive your access code in the post.
The census provides information about households across England and Wales and must be completed by law. Some questions will be clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.
The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it’s likely to need in the future. The information it collects helps plan and fund services in your area. This could include transport, education and healthcare.
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.
After Census Day, at the end of March and into April, census field officers will be visiting households who have not submitted a completed census form. They will encourage people to complete the census and help residents to access further help if needed. Field officers will never need to enter your house and will be working in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and work in line with government guidance.