Although Census Day was on Sunday 21 March 2021, if you haven’t completed the Census 2021 it’s not too late! Visit or call the contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

Census 2021 is a unique survey that happens every 10 years.  It provides information on our living arrangements, health, education and the jobs we do and the information from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come. 

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the 2021 Census.

Reasons for not taking part in Census 2021

I needed more help and support

The contact centre on 0800 141 2021 is there to answer questions about the census, and to offer alternative formats – for example, a Large Print questionnaire pack or a braille guidance booklet.  Whichever way you choose to complete the questionnaire, there’s plenty of free support on hand. Please visit to find out more.

I’ve missed Census Day so I don’t have to do it

Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to complete a questionnaire. Everyone needs to respond as soon as possible to avoid a fine.

Students don’t count in the census

Students are vitally important and do count! All universities and colleges have details of how to get a census form.

I wasn’t at home on Census Day

Everyone needs to complete a return at their usual address, even if they weren’t there on Census Day, as local services will still be required at both addresses

I’m not a British citizen, so I don’t have to be counted

Everyone staying in England and Wales on Census Day, March 21, has to be counted.

My information will be shared

That’s not the case. Personal census data is kept under lock and key for 100 years. No individual or their responses can be identified in the statistics published.

I can’t get online

Help is at hand. There are census support centres across England and Wales, offering telephone and face to face support. Call 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales for help or to order a paper questionnaire.

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