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Census 2021

Be a part of Census 2021 poster

Office for National Statistics - 9th March 2021

The census is happening in March 2021. The census is for everyone. Once every 10 years, it helps build the most complete picture of England and Wales.

The whole population has the chance to provide the information that ensures all communities are represented in decisions on funding and services.

The census is so important that it's compulsory for everyone in England and Wales to take part. We at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are responsible for making it as easy as possible for everyone to join in.

Download the following documents for further information:

Have you got your census letter?

Households across the region are being asked to take part in Census 2021. Census day is on March 21, but households will now be receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. If you don't get one in the next couple of weeks, please get in touch with the census contact centre on 0800 141 2021. You can also request a paper questionnaire if you'd prefer to complete your census that way.

Local census support centres will be available while the census is happening. Staff will offer help for people not confident online, who don't have a computer or need help completing on paper. Currently, most of the census support centres are offering a telephone-only service due to national and local COVID-19 guidance. To find your nearest census support centre, please visit

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. For more information, and to find out how to get help, visit or call the contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

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