Millions of households across England and Wales have already completed their Census 2021, but to avoid a knock at the door from a field officer, residents who have not yet filled in their form are being encouraged to do so.
It is vital everyone who hasn’t yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, March 21, has been and gone. Field officers are already out and about and will visit households who have not submitted their census.
“Census 2021 has gone brilliantly so far,” Office for National Statistics director of operations Pete Benton said. “The overwhelming majority of people across England and Wales have already taken part and we’ve heard some great stories: from those completing their 10th census to those completing their first.
“But, for us to have the most accurate picture of the whole population, we need everyone to fill in their questionnaire. By doing so you will be helping shape the local services in your community – the bus routes, school places, the hospital beds.”
“You can do it easily online, but for those who want help, we have a range of census support centres open across England and Wales, and paper forms are available for those who need them.
“Everyone is required by law to respond to the census and if you do so now you won’t be fined.”
The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a household and to be truly representative, it needs everyone to be counted.
All households will have been sent a letter in the post in early March with instructions for taking part. If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message. You’ll find all the help you need online, or you can visit one of our local census support centres where you can get help to fill out your form.