What is the census?
The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years.
It produces a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.
Census day was 21 March 2021 but not to worry, you’ve still got time. Whether you complete it online or on paper, make sure you’re counted this year. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.
Why do I need to complete the census?
It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.
In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.
Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census.
You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000.
Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.
Who organises the census?
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.
What if I need more support?
Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available. These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print. Visit the official Census 2021 website if you've any questions.
Be scam aware
- At no point will you be asked for your bank details or any payment
- Help to fill out your form is free
- You will not receive any payment for completing the census, so any offers of money in exchange for your account details will be fraudulent
- No-one will enter your home in relation to the census
You can report a scam or fraud to Suffolk Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. Read more about scams and how you can help to join the fight against the scammers and rogues.