What is the Census?
The Census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in Wales and England.
The census includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.
The government, local councils, charities and many other organisations use Census information to decide how to spend billions of pounds on services every year. This includes spending on transport, education and healthcare. To make sure money is spent where it’s most needed, it’s important that the Census counts everyone.
You must complete the Census by law
All households should complete the Census on Sunday 21st March 2021 or as soon as possible after that.
You must complete the Census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000.
How to complete your census:
1. You will receive a letter containing your household access code
2. Go to www.census.gov.uk Select “Start Census” and enter your household access code.
3. Answer the questions and submit when complete.
Your answers are protected by law and will be kept confidential.
To get help in English, call the free helpline on 0800 141 2021
Get help to complete the Census
You can get translation support in many languages:
Find and download a guide to completing the Census in your language here
If you can’t find your language or need more help, please call our free language helpline on 0800 587 2021.