Local authorities

Thank you to our local authority partners.

We were delighted with the level of support we received in the lead-up to and around Census Day. You helped to boost response rates and we’d like to thank you for your contribution.

More recently, you have continued to support us by helping to quality assure the census estimates in your area. We’re committed to making sure that the census includes everybody, and your work with us has been a crucial part of the picture.

Information from the census

On 28 June 2022, we will publish the first results from Census 2021.

These first results will include datasets containing population and household estimates for England and for Wales, rounded to the nearest 100, at local authority level.

We will publish two statistical bulletins, both in English and Welsh. One will focus on the rounded population and household estimates for England and Wales. The second will focus on the rounded population and household estimates for Wales.

To support the data, we will also publish a report on quality and methods, including the processes we have taken to quality assure the data.

Quality assurance

The quality assurance of census estimates involves a wide range of checks. This ensures that the statistics are high quality and represent the whole population, not just those who completed the questionnaire.

The Code of Practice for Statistics allows us to give local authorities an early look at provisional estimates for quality assurance purposes. This year, for the first time, we invited local authorities to take part. They offer a unique view on their populations, and this helps us to produce the best possible statistics for every local area.

The quality assurance exercise for local authorities took place in April. Thank you to all those who took part.

You can read more detailed information on our approach to quality assuring the census estimates on the ONS website.

Downloadable resources

Please visit the downloadable resources page of the website for products that can be used to promote the census outputs. We will be adding further products as we release the various datasets.

Staying connected

The Census 2021 team will carry on sending you regular updates, and we’d love to stay in touch. If you move on from your role, please ensure that someone takes over as census contact at your local authority.

If you have any queries, please email the Local Authority Partnership team.