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Still time to complete Census 2021

Census day was Sunday 21 March

2021 Post Census Graphic

Issued on: 23 March 2021

Census day was Sunday 21 March, but it is vital that those who have not yet completed their Census forms, do so as soon as possible.

21 March marked the day that 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 may have 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 March 21.

 "If you've haven't completed it yet, there's still time to do so. Every household should have received their letter inviting them to take part and we've had a great response so far. If you didn't get your letter or have misplaced it, you can go online and request a new unique access code.

"There is plenty of help available, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres. Field officers will soon start calling at households who haven't completed their census.

"They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part. They'll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit and will be equipped with PPE 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 and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.

The ONS will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify you 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.