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Census Day 2021
Sunday, 21 March 2021
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Census Day

Sunday 21st March 2021

Once every 10 years, since 1801 a census has been held in England and Wales which gives the government a picture of the people, households and society across both countries on that one specific date.

The data is invaluable to the government, local authorities, charities, academics and students, sociologists, genealogists, businesses, together with many more people and organisations who use the information for planning local amenities, predicting trends, developing products, locating supermarkets and stores, and much more.  

The information from censuses is used to make sure that each region receives its share of public funding which goes on to provide the services we all need at a local level.

Completing the Census

It is a legal requirement to take part in the census, with households facing fines of up to £1,000 if they decline to participate or give false information. Remarkably, 94% of people took part in the last census in 2011.

Before this census, it has been carried out by people going from door to door and completing the survey with the residents. This year the census will be carried out differently - a 'digital-first' census, partly because of Covid-19 and partly thanks to the growth of the internet, with us all being encouraged to fill in the survey online using any type of device including mobile phone or tablet.  There will be online help available as well.  If a household doesn't fill it in online, they will receive a physical visit from field staff to complete their household's survey towards the end of March and into April.

Most households will receive a letter in advance through the post, with a unique access code which they then enter into a secure website to fill in the questionnaire.  There will also be the option to fill in a paper form instead - get your paper version here.  It should take about 10 minutes to complete the household information and another 10 minutes per person living there. 

Each time there's a census new questions are asked on the form whilst others are no longer needed, so that the form reflects the current situation.  In this day and age, whether or not you have an outside toilet, would seem a very strange question to ask, but that question was relevant and included between 1951 to 1991!  This time the census won't ask how many rooms are in your house or in what year you last worked.

 

There's plenty of information and help on the government's Census 2021 website here.

Find out more about censuses in Scotland and Northern Ireland here.

There are some fascinating facts about UK censuses on the BBC News website here.

Census Day

Sunday 21st March 2021

Once every 10 years, since 1801 a census has been held in England and Wales which gives the government a picture of the people, households and society across both countries on that one specific date.

The data is invaluable to the government, local authorities, charities, academics and students, sociologists, genealogists, businesses, together with many more people and organisations who use the information for planning local amenities, predicting trends, developing products, locating supermarkets and stores, and much more.  

The information from censuses is used to make sure that each region receives its share of public funding which goes on to provide the services we all need at a local level.

Completing the Census

It is a legal requirement to take part in the census, with households facing fines of up to £1,000 if they decline to participate or give false information. Remarkably, 94% of people took part in the last census in 2011.

Before this census, it has been carried out by people going from door to door and completing the survey with the residents. This year the census will be carried out differently - a 'digital-first' census, partly because of Covid-19 and partly thanks to the growth of the internet, with us all being encouraged to fill in the survey online using any type of device including mobile phone or tablet.  There will be online help available as well.  If a household doesn't fill it in online, they will receive a physical visit from field staff to complete their household's survey towards the end of March and into April.

Most households will receive a letter in advance through the post, with a unique access code which they then enter into a secure website to fill in the questionnaire.  There will also be the option to fill in a paper form instead - get your paper version here.  It should take about 10 minutes to complete the household information and another 10 minutes per person living there. 

Each time there's a census new questions are asked on the form whilst others are no longer needed, so that the form reflects the current situation.  In this day and age, whether or not you have an outside toilet, would seem a very strange question to ask, but that question was relevant and included between 1951 to 1991!  This time the census won't ask how many rooms are in your house or in what year you last worked.

 

There's plenty of information and help on the government's Census 2021 website here.

Find out more about censuses in Scotland and Northern Ireland here.

There are some fascinating facts about UK censuses on the BBC News website here.


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