About the census

The census is a once in a decade survey of all the people and households in England and Wales. 

Everyone is expected to take part – even if you are a citizen of another country. Census 2021 includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. There are new voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity, and for the first time, the census also asks about service in the UK Armed Forces.

Information provided needs to be about was living in the household – adults and children, including babies – on Census Day, Sunday 21 March. 

How information is used

Information collected helps councils like Camden, central Government, emergency services and other public organisations to plan and fund services. It builds up a picture of our communities from very small areas, to regions and the country as a whole.

Census data is available for everyone to use, from creating business plans to charity funding bids. Information collected is only used for statistical purposes. Personal information you give is protected by law and Government officials dealing with applications you've made or payments or services you receive cannot see your information. 

Find out more

For more information about the census and to get help with completing your survey, visit the census website or call the Census 2021 Contact Centre for free on 0800 141 2021

The website includes information translated into different languages and in accessible formats, and there is also a free language helpline: 0800 587 2021.

You can also book a telephone or face-to-face appointment at a census support centre. Find your nearest support centre. Pancras Square and Kilburn libraries are offering this service – phone 020 7974 4444 to book.

Census officers will visit households that have not completed questionnaires. They will show their identification, not enter your home, remain socially distanced, and wear PPE. To find out more about how the census will be completed safely during the coronavirus pandemic, visit the census website 

Census jobs

Local people will help make the census a success, and ONS is hiring thousands of people over the coming weeks to support the census process. You can find out more about the roles available and register your interest at censusjobs.co.uk

Census scam alert

Field officers will soon visit households from which they have not received a completed census form. They will encourage people to complete the census and help residents to access further help if they need it.

Scammers may seek to use the census as an opportunity to defraud on the doorstep over the internet or on the telephone. Remember the following:

  • At no point will you be asked for your national insurance number, passwords, bank account details, or your credit or debit card numbers, nor any payment.
  • You will not receive any payment for completing the census, so any offers of money in exchange for your account details will be fraudulent.
  • You will not be called for information about the census unless you’ve made an appointment with the Census Contact Centre or made a query or complaint 
  • No-one will enter your home in relation to the census.

Further information on the scam: actionfraud.police.uk/news/beware-of-the-census-form-scam

Help to fill out your form is free. For more information visit census.gov.uk

You can report a fraud direct to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk/