16. What is your religion?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing local and central government to better plan services and set aside resources for your area.

The NHS and local authorities can use this information to help plan and monitor services for local people from a wide range of religious backgrounds. This could include policies on hospital chaplains and public information.

Your answer will help public bodies to identify discrimination or social exclusion based on religion and work to stop it from happening.

The census first asked this question in 2001.

It’s up to you how you answer this question. If you don't have a religion, please select "No religion".

This question is voluntary, so you can leave it blank if you want to.

If you want to provide a religion, denomination, branch or caste that isn't listed separately, select the "Any other religion" option and give its name in the space provided.

Children and babies

As this question is voluntary, if you think that a child is too young to identify with a particular religion, you can leave the answer blank.

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If you run out of space, enter as much as you can. Only enter one character per box.

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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. This question is voluntary, so it can be left blank if they would prefer.