Census 2021

What is the census?

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

The census provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in Cheshire East. The information you give helps decide how to plan and fund services. This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, housing, or new bus routes. It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of UK residents. It looks at who we are and how we live. There is no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

Past, present and future of the census

The census takes place every ten years. The first census was in 1801 and the most recent was in 2011. The date of the next census is Sunday 21 March 2021. We need every household in England and Wales to take part to make it accurate.

What you can do - 2021 Census

The census is taking a ‘digital first’ approach, which means that the  ONS want as many people as possible to fill in their questionnaire online in 2021. It is easy to do across any device. Most people will get a letter with a unique access code on it through the post. All you need to do is enter the code on the website and fill in the questionnaire. The ONS will be in contact nearer the time of the census to let you know what you need to do.

Find out the latest news and information on the 2021 Census

Contact the Office for National Statistics if you have any questions about the Census

Census Recruitment

The ONS are hiring thousands of people like you in a range of exciting temporary roles to make Census 2021 a success.

The census is a survey about all of us. We need your help and enthusiasm to encourage everyone to participate. There will be local roles in Cheshire East as well as roles in other parts of England and Wales.

Although the applications for some of these positions are not open yet, you can register your interest in a role.

How the ONS keeps your data safe

The safety of your information is our top priority at the Office for National Statistics. No one can identify you in the census statistics we publish. We make sure they contain none of your personal information. Your census record is kept secure for 100 years and only then can future generations see it.

The ONS do not sell your personal information. Everyone working on the census signs the Census Confidentiality Undertaking. It’s a crime for them to unlawfully share personal census information. This includes people working for the census offices and for our suppliers.

The ONS have strict security procedures that follow government standards. This includes physical and IT security measures to protect your data.

Laws in place that cover protection of your data include the:

  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Census Act 1920
  • Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

To find out more about how ONS keep your information safe, please visit the ONS website.

Contact us

Research and Consultation
Cheshire East Council


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