19. How well can you speak English?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by showing local service providers where there's a need for language services for people in your area whose main language is not English. For example:

  • the NHS may need to provide translation and interpretation services
  • a local authority might need to improve the availability of English language lessons
  • all public bodies need to decide how they make information accessible to a wide range of users in their area

Information about the number of British Sign Language (BSL) users helps your local authority. It helps them plan services and develop policies to meet the needs of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

This information helps measure how English language ability affects employment and social inclusion.

The census first asked this question in 2011.

Select one option to show how well you think you can speak English.

Children and babies

For children aged three years and above, only select the option that shows what they're able to do now, considering their age.

If a child is aged two years or under, you don't need to answer this question for them.