The link to the online Census 2021 is here https://census.gov.uk/about-the-census
What is the census?
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.
When to complete your census
Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you’ve responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can let us know by calling us free. You can find the numbers on our contact us page after 1 March.
The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.
Keeping the public and census staff safe
At the ONS, our main concern is the safety of the public and our staff. We want everyone to be safely counted during the census. To do this, we’re making sure that our plans are always in line with the latest government safety guidelines.
Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that we will be encouraging people to respond online if they can. You will be able to complete the census using any device, including your mobile phone or tablet.
If you need help, we’ve got it covered. We will have an online help area on our website and offer help by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message.
We’re also encouraging people to get help from friends and family to complete their census.
If it’s safe and within government guidelines, we will also be opening Census Support Centres to help people fill in their online questionnaire.
What to expect from our census field officers
After Census Day, at the end of March and into April, our census field officers will be visiting households from which we’ve not received a completed census form. They will encourage people to complete the census and help you to access further help if you need it. Our field officers will never need to enter your house.
Our field officers will be working in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and working in line with government guidance.
To find out more about how we will be making sure Census 2021 is completed safely during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the ONS website.