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Recently you may have heard about an upcoming census which will take place throughout March 2021. The census is an important national survey that can affect everything from services to Government funding for local areas.

The census is a survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) every 10 years that aims to get a picture of all the people in England and Wales.

Many organisations use the information from the census to help provide the services needed. This can include transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be more difficult to do this.

This information has also been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data from the past census has been important to see how COVID-19 has impacted people differently. This current census will provide new information that will help to improve the understanding of how the pandemic has affected people and will improve services to meet those needs.

Census day is 21st March 2021. It is a legal requirement that you complete it and you could be fined if you fail to do so. This year the census will be run mainly online for the first time. In early March the Office of National Statistics will be in touch via letter with an access code. With this code you can login on their secure website to access the survey and fill it out online. You can use your code and fill out the census here.

If you have any questions about the census you can get in touch with your local Census Engagement Manager (CEM). Each area across the UK has a designated CEM who can answer any questions you have about the census.  You can find the CEM for your area by emailing your details to

You can find out more about the census here.

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