National census forms must be completed

March 21 2021
National census forms must be completed

Today – Sunday, March 21 – is national census day and every household is obliged to complete its form, whether online or in person.

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years to provide a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in people’s areas, including for transport, education and healthcare.

The questionnaire includes questions about age, sex, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

People must make sure the answers about their households are accurate for today - Census Day.

The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.

The final day for completing the Census is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

All citizens in England have a legal requirement to take part.

Non-compliance can attract a fine of up to £1,000.