Census 2021

What is the census?

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. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021. Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.

When to complete your census

Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you’ve responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can let us know by calling us free. You can find the numbers on the contact us page.

The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.

Need translation support?

There is a free census language helpline on 0800 587 2021.

Alternatively, the Council's digital support hub also offer support calls in the following languages .Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, German, Pashto, Afghani, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish, Gujerati, Somali, Arabic, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Swahili, and Kiswahili.

Just text 07860 064 128 and one of the digital support team will ring back within 48 hrs.

Read the Manchester City Council flyer for more information. 

You must complete the census by law

It is an offence to supply false information or to not complete the census, and you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.

To complete the census and find out more information, follow this link to the official Government website.

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