Every 10 years the census is issued by the Office for National Statistics.

The census provides a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information available about today’s society. This information helps to inform decisions on services that shape the future of the country such as healthcare, education and transport.

It is important that residents fill in their census questionnaire. Without the information provided, it would be more difficult to understand individual community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, residents’ information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it is through using census information to plan new schools, doctor’s surgeries or cycle lanes.

As these things matter to everyone, everyone needs to complete the census. The census is completely anonymous. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. Residents can fill their census form in online after they receive their access code in the post. If any household circumstances change on census day, residents are advised to let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If not, there is a wide range of support services available. This includes a contact centre that can provide help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If members of the public require further information or any assistance, please visit www.census.gov.uk.

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