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Census 2021: Take part on 21 March

Published
12.03.2021

Households across Gloucestershire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. The answers you provide shape how public services such as schools, transport routes and doctors surgeries in the county are planned and funded, as well as making sure that funding is provided to those that need it most.

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You can take part here.

Every ten years, the Office of National Statistics runs a census to get a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The last census took place in 2011 and the next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Why should I complete the census?

Everyone needs to complete the census – it’s the law. Not completing the census or providing false information is actually an offence and you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are labelled as voluntary, so while you don’t legally have to answer them, your responses will be really helpful in providing an accurate picture of the people and households in England and Wales.

The answers you provide shape how public services such as schools, transport routes and doctors surgeries in the county are planned and funded, as well as making sure that funding is provided to those that need it most. Without the information from the census, this becomes difficult to do and some public services may not be adequately planned or funded to serve all residents in the county.

Does everybody need complete the census?

Every householder at an address is responsible for completing a census questionnaire for their household. The householder should either answer the individual questions for all household members or ensure that each member answers their own.

You need to complete a census if you:

  • live in private or rented accommodation
  • are a student
  • have a second home or empty property
  • live somewhere that is mobile, such as a canal boat or motorhome
  • live in a care home, armed forces base or similar establishment
  • do not live at a fixed address
  • live in a refuge
  • are in witness protection

If you are staying in the UK for less than three months, you don’t need to take part in the census.

Confidential information

It is really important that you answer the census honestly, and if this means providing answers that you want to remain confidential from the rest of your household (such as sexuality or gender) then you can request an individual access code to fill in a separate census by clicking ‘Need to answer separately from your household?’ and then ‘request an individual access code’. Your household will not be notified of this request and any information you provide in this version will overwrite any other information received. 

How can I take part in the census?

Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. The census should be completed online at www.census.gov.uk, but paper copies are available on request through the census website, or by calling 0800 141 2021.

If you are outside of the UK on this date for less than 12 months, you still need to complete the census. Go to www.census.gov.uk/about-the-census for information on how you can take part.

So put the date in your diary and take part in the census on 21 March!

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