The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this. If you live in England and Wales, you must take part in the census – it’s a legal requirement. Census information helps inform how billions of pounds of public funding is spent. By taking around 10 minutes per person to fill in the census questionnaire, you will help make sure your community gets the services needed now and in the future.
You can fill in the census questionnaire as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date – even if you’re filling it in before then.
If you need help, visit www.census.gov.uk