Census 2021

Although Census Day was Sunday 21 March, there is still time to complete your return. 

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801 (except for 1941) and is of great importance in providing services we'll need in the future, such as transport, health, education and more.

It will be the first census to be run predominantly online, and households will have received a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Field officers are now visiting households who do not appear to have made their response. They will be able to help get a new unique access code or a paper copy.  

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You can also request a paper form through a national helpline: 0800 141 2021.

Further help is available through local support centres who can offer telephone appointments and different languages

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

West Suffolk Council is supporting the Office for National Statistics in carry out the census, and is working with local staff to make links with community groups and especially with those who may find it hard to complete the census form.

The importance of Census 2021

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, has underlined the importance of the census, saying.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,”

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

For more information, visit the Census UK website