What is the Census?

“A census is a count of the population. We have had one in the UK every ten years to find out more about who we are as a nation. We ask everyone to tell us a bit about themselves to help census users decide how best to plan, fund and deliver the everyday services we all need – like housing, education, healthcare and transport.”
The next Census is on 27th March 2011.  Find out more.

Do I have to fill in the form? How do I do it?

Yes. Every householder must, by law, complete and return a 2011 Census questionnaire. A householder is the person who owns or rents the property and is wholly or partly responsible for paying household bills.

In March 2011 you will receive a paper questionnaire through the post. You can complete your questionnaire online or on paper:
• Online: Your paper questionnaire has a code on the front. This is your key to unlock your online questionnaire. Just go to www.census.gov.uk, click ‘Start here’ and follow the on-screen instructions. When you’ve finished, click ‘Submit’ to send your information.
• On paper: If you don’t have access to the internet or prefer not to do it online, you can fill in your answers by hand, sign the declaration on the front and post the questionnaire back in the pre-paid envelope provided.

You can answer most questions simply by ticking a box. If there isn’t a box that applies to you, you can type or write your answer in the space provided. More information. 

How can I get help filling in the form?

If you’re unsure about or have difficulty completing your census questionnaire, there are lots of ways you can get help.

Online help at www.census.gov.uk in English and Welsh will guide you, whether or not you’re completing online. This service is available from 4 March 2011.

For 2011 Census accessible formats and more information, please visit www.census.gov.uk/2011accessibility

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