Census 2021

The census is a survey that gives us information about all the households in England and Wales.

The census takes place every 10 years, with the next survey coming up on Sunday 21 March 2021.

The census is organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in partnership with Local Authorities.

You can find out more about the census online.

Why do we need the census?

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.

A total of 94% of people took part in the last census, helping each area receive its share of public funding. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to provide the services we all rely on.

You must complete the census by law

You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.

Moving the census online

Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. You’ll receive an access code from the ONS. Simply go online and enter the code into the secure website to get started. People will also be able to complete the census over the phone with help from trained staff via a freephone contact centre. Around 10% of households will receive a paper questionnaire initially as they may have more limited access online. They can either fill it in or use the code provided to complete online.

How long will the survey take to complete?

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Help available

Census 2021 will be straightforward and simple to complete but if you require help the ONS can provide support online, by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message.

If you can’t get online or need help completing the census online, there’ll be Census Support Centres across England and Wales, when and where it is safe to do so. Guidance will be available in a range of languages and accessible formats.

Job opportunities with Census 2021 in Knowsley

A range of roles are currently available to help deliver the census in Knowsley. For more information visit our dedicated Census 2021 recruitment page.