Supporting people to take part in Census 2021

What is the census?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and provides a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. Local councils, charities and many other organisations use census information to decide how to spend billions of pounds on services every year. This includes spending on transport, education and healthcare. To make sure this money is spent where it’s most needed, it’s important that the census counts everyone.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for planning and carrying out the census.

Your support matters

Building good relationships with communities means more people will want to take part in the census. Noone knows communities better than VCSE organidsations and community leaders. Support from trusted local leaders and community representatives will
be vital in helping people take part.

How you can help

The ONS needs your help to reach the widest possible audience for Census 2021. Local community engagement staff will be on hand throughout the census with resources, advice and practical support that helps everyone to take part.

  • Knowledge: You have a unique understanding of your community’s interests and the challenges it faces. This knowledge allows the ONS to plan support that help everyone take part.

  • Awareness: Your community links can help spread the word about what the census is and why it matters to everyone. This will build trust in the census and increase support.

  • Access: Your networks can help reach people in your community who need support to take part. This will make sure they’re included.

Find out more about the census and how you can help support it at 

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