Millions of households across England and Wales have already made sure they count when it comes to planning and provision of the key services we all rely upon, like GP surgeries, school places and hospital beds, by filling out their online census form.
However, it is vital everyone who hasn’t yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, March 21, has been and gone.
All households will have been sent a letter in the post in early March with instructions for taking part. If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message.
You’ll find all the help you need online, or you can visit one of our local census support centres where you can get help to fill out your form.
Hafeez Learning Centre
37 Beech Street, Accrington BB5 2AU
Monday 19th April to Tuesday 20th April
4pm – 6.30pm
For more help 0786 217 4424
Scaitcliffe Community Centre
Hannah Street, Accrington, BB5 0QX
Monday 19th April to Friday 23rd April
10am – 4pm
Field officers are out and about and have been visiting households who have not submitted their census. The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a household.
The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper after Census Day and direct them to the support services they need.
“Census 2021 has gone brilliantly so far,” Office for National Statistics director of operations Pete Benton said. “The overwhelming majority of people across England and Wales have already taken part and we’ve heard some great stories: from those completing their 10th census to those completing their first.
“But, for us to have the most accurate picture of the whole population, we need everyone to fill in their questionnaire. By doing so you will be helping shape the local services in your community – the bus routes, school places, the hospital beds. You can do it easily online, but for those who want help, we have a range of census support centres open across England and Wales, and paper forms are available for those who need them.
“Everyone is required by law to respond to the census and if you do so now you won’t be fined.”
Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance. They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census.
The census is a unique survey of all households in England and Wales. To be truly representative, it needs everyone to be counted.