The 2021 census is coming

The census is a once in a decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics (ONS) information about households and people in England and Wales.

Everyone is expected to take part – even if you are a citizen of another country. Census 2021 will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. There will be voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

You will receive a postcard notifying you about the 2021 census in February, followed by a letter with instructions in early March. Information provided needs to be about who usually lives in the household on Census Day on Sunday 21 March – adults and children, including babies – but you can complete your questionnaire when you receive your letter. The census will mostly be completed online. Paper questionnaires will still be available upon request.

How information is used

Information collected in the census helps councils like Camden, the NHS, charities and other organisations to plan services such as housing, education, health and transport for years to come. 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. No individual household or person can be identified – personal records are confidential and will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

The ONS is independent from the Government. This means officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see your census information.

Find out more

For more information about the census and to get help with completing your survey, visit the census website

Download posters and other resources in languages including Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Mandarin, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Somali, Turkish and Urdu.

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