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Sunday 21 March 2021 was Census day.

Data on Census 2021 is being processed and this webpage will be updated as it is available.

Census scams

We are keen to protect the public from census scams that are still operating. These scam texts threaten the recipient with a £1000 fine for not completing the census, or for filling it in incorrectly.

Be aware:

  • The ONS will never contact someone by text in relation to the census
  • The ONS will never issue a fine by text, phone call, email or social media

Scam text messages can be forwarded to 7726 and scam emails to

Read further information on the census website about your data and security.

What is the census

Data from the census is used to make decisions about the services you use, and so by taking part in Census 2021 you helped to make sure these services get the funding they need.

Census data is used to make funding decisions for local services like GP surgeries, bus routes, and libraries. The information you provide in the census could also be used by emergency services who want to know where best to allocate their resources to help the most people. 

Further information

If you have any questions or concerns about the census, you can find more information on the Census website or by calling 0800 141 2021.  


Updated: 29 November 2022

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