There is still time for people to complete their Census if they have not already done so – with households asked to fill in the form as soon as possible.
Sunday, 21 March marked the day millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.
However, for those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available.
Iain Bell, the Office for National Statistics’ deputy national statistician, said: “The information you provide needs to be about who usually lives in your household on Census Day, which was Sunday, 21 March, however if you haven’t completed it yet, please do so – there’s still time to.
“Every household should have received their letter inviting them to take part and we’ve had a great response so far. If you haven't, or you have misplaced your letter, you can head online to www.census.gov.uk and request a new unique access code.
“Field officers will soon start calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part, and will never need to enter anyone’s home.”
The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided. At a local level the same anonymised Census answers help councils shape services in your neighbourhood, town or village.
The ONS will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify individuals in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.
If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information, including how to find a local census support centre, please visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.