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Take part in the Census

Published: 21 January 2021

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Take part to help shape your community

Census Day was Sunday 21 March, but it's not too late to take part. Residents will have received a letter in the post inviting you to complete the Census.

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.

What happens if I don't respond ?

From 22 March, the day after census day, any non-responders will be visited door-to-door by the census team. This isn't done by appointment, and they are unable to let you know when they will be visiting. This is to follow up on any non-responders and make sure as many people as possible are able to complete a census.

  • The census team will not be entering people's houses under any circumstances.
  • The census team will be carrying census ID with them.
  • No payment will be asked for.
  • If you want to check the authenticity of the door knocker you can call the census team on 0800 141 2021

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.

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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