21. How is your health in general?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing your local authority to understand the health needs of the people in your area. For example, if a person feels that they have poor health, they may be more likely to use NHS services in the future. Your local authority can use this information to help decide which services and resources the people in your community need.

This information can help develop and monitor policies that affect the way that public bodies provide healthcare and aim to reduce health inequalities. It will help public bodies measure progress towards their aim of improving the general health of people in your area and the rest of the UK.

The census first asked this question in 2001.

Select the option that best describes your overall state of health.

You can consider any aspect of your health that you think is relevant.

If your health varies, you should select the answer that you feel best describes your health most of the time.

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you're answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they're away, select the answer you think they would choose.