Census day is on Sunday 21 March, but households will now be receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. If you don’t get one in the next couple of weeks, please get in touch with the census contact centre.
The census should take around 10 minutes per person to fill in. Every census completed online saves paper and taxpayers’ money. You can also request a paper questionnaire if you’d prefer to complete your census that way.
Local census support centres will be open while the census is happening. Staff will offer help for people not confident online, who don’t have a computer or need help completing on paper.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
For more information, and to find out how to get help, visit the census website or call the contact centre on 0800 141 2021.
You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000.