About the census : About Census 2021

The next census is planned for Sunday 21 March 2021.

Moving the census online

Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. You’ll get an access code from us at the Office for National Statistics. Simply go online and enter the code into our secure website to get started. We’ll be in contact nearer the time to let you know what you need to do.

Help available

We’re aiming to make it easy for everyone to take part in Census 2021. But, if you need help, we’ve got it covered. We’ll have an online help area and offer help by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message.

If you can’t get online or need help completing the census online, there’ll be Census Support Centres across England and Wales.

We’ll also have guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats.

Our changing needs

To make sure we collect the information needed to plan and fund services we’ve made a few changes to the questions we ask in Census 2021.

We also want everyone to be able to identify as they wish. In 2021, it’ll be even easier as we are developing ‘search-as-you-type’ functionality.