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Get prepared for Census 2021

Published: 21 January 2021

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Take part to help shape your community

The Census 2021 is coming on Sunday 21 March. Look out for a letter in the post inviting you to take part.

What is the Census?

The census is a unique survey that takes place every ten years in England and Wales to provide a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales. By filling in your census, you'll help make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future for things such as transport, education and healthcare.

Taking part in the census will ensure Surrey receives its share of public funding. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to provide the services Surrey needs.

How to take part

The census is easy to do and can be done on any device. You'll receive a letter in the post with an access code from the Office for National Statistics. Simply go online and enter the code into the secure website to get started.

Do I have to take part?

You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000.

When should I fill in my census questionnaire?

Census Day is Sunday 21 March but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date – even if you're filling it in before then.

What if I cannot fill in my census questionnaire online?

We know there are some people who will find this challenging. That's why the Census team are there to help with a wide range of support services to make it easy for you, whatever your needs.

Services include:

  • guidance and support in many languages and formats
  • help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media
  • a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
  • accessible census guidance, for example, in braille.

If you need help, visit the Census website.

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