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
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