About the census : Census 2021 outputs consultation

Now that Census Day has passed, we at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are holding a public consultation to share our proposals for Census 2021 outputs. This includes our plans for how we will produce data and analysis for Census 2021 and then release that information.

This consultation is particularly important as our society faces a period of rapid change because of factors such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Brexit. Our priority is to provide timely and accurate statistics that will help users of census data understand these changes and make decisions about future needs and services.

What we’re asking you to do

If you will use Census 2021 data and analysis, we’re inviting you to provide feedback on the proposals we’ve outlined in the Census 2021 outputs: content design and release phase proposals (PDF document 928.8 KB) document.

We want to know if these proposals meet your needs and to learn about your changing priorities for Census 2021 data and analysis. Your feedback will help us decide on the final design of the Census 2021 outputs for England and Wales.

We’ve structured our proposals into sections to help you find the topics you want to provide feedback on. These include:

  • the shape of the outputs and analysis release schedule
  • the main changes to variables compared to the 2011 Census
  • proposals for feasibility work to derive new variables
  • population-base specifications
  • taking a census during a period of change
  • paradata, information about how we collected and processed census data

How to take part

You can find detailed information about the consultation on Citizen Space, which is the ONS’s consultation platform. There, you can also find information about how to respond to our online questionnaire.

The consultation will remain open for 12 weeks, from 13 July 2021 to 5 October 2021.