Census 2021

Published: 22 January 2021

We have received a few questions asking whether we are you going ahead with the census given the latest COVID-19 situation and lockdown. The answer is, yes, Census 2021 is going ahead in England and Wales on 21 March 2021.

  • Census 2021 will highlight areas of deprivation, it will show the ethnic make-up of the country, it will provide information on our living arrangements, health, education and the jobs we do and the data from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come.It will also provide us with important insights into the impact of the pandemic on our society.
  • We have planned and built a flexible operation which can adapt to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. We have continued to review and adapt our plans to ensure our staff and the public can be kept safe, and everyone can be safely counted.
  • We are currently ensuring that the right plans and resources are in place to deliver a successful census safely and securely.
  • We are committed to ensuring that everyone is kept safe as they take part in the Census. This will be a digital-first census and we will be encouraging people to respond online if they can.
  • We have designed Census 2021 to be simple, straightforward and safe to complete. The census field operation, which follows up with people who need help to complete their questionnaires, will be carried out without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contacts with the public will be socially distanced and our field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance.