Date(s) - 21/03/2021
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A census will be held in England and Wales on 21 March 2021 at a cost of almost £1 billion. It is a legal requirement for every household in England and Wales to complete the census. More information at census.gov.uk
This will be the first digital-first census. Every household should receive an access code in the post. People will need to go online and enter the code to get started. In case of difficulty there will be help online, by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message. In addition there will be Census Support Centres across England and Wales.
The Office for National Statistics is in the process of hiring at least 30,000 field staff. More information and ways to apply at censusjobs.co.uk
Background and further information
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a detailed picture of the society in which we live. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help plan the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare.
Six weeks after the census the Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs a second, smaller survey called the Census Coverage Survey which aims to make sure the number of people missed or counted more than once in the census was as small as possible. In addition they run a Census Quality Survey to work out how accurate the census information was and improve their statistics.
The ONS wants community groups and charities to spread the word about the census.
The ONS want to inspire the next generation to take part by running free primary and secondary education programmes to help educate children and young people on the importance of the census and how the information it collects helps shape the society we live in. Find out more, and register a school take part, at: