About the 2021 census

The census is a national survey that takes place every 10 years to count households and population in England and Wales. The next one will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) organises the census in partnership with local authorities, including South Gloucestershire Council.

Why census data is collected 

Information from the census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing, and new bus routes.   By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.

Moving the census online

Census 2021 will be different as it is the first census to be mainly online. It is easy to complete the census online, you will be able to complete the census using your computer, phone, or tablet. There will be more information nearer the time to show you how to complete it and other support will be available.

ONS will also have guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats.

You must complete the census by law

You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions however will be clearly labelled as optional, it is not an offence if you do not answer these.

More information on the 2021 Census can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.

Job opportunities with Census 2021

A range of new temporary jobs are on offer in South Gloucestershire during the build up to the census. Vacancies which range from field staff to census officers and communal establishments officers are being advertised on the census jobs recruitment website.

The website features all the Census 2021 current vacancies, application information and frequently asked questions. You can also hear the views of people who’ve worked on the census before in a series of video profiles

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