The Census is Coming

Its Census time once again in the UK and this time the census data will predominantly be collected online.

Residents of Salisbury and South Wiltshire are being reminded that Sunday 21st  of March 2021 is Census day in the UK. The Census data is important for all sorts of decisions from planning education to healthcare.

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 our contact us page after 1 March.

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

The last census

The last census took place in 2011. Many people and organisations used information from the 2011 Census in a variety of ways.

For example, Bristol City Council used it to inform decisions on how to fund local housing improvements. It was also essential for the charity Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services to help people from ethnic minority groups learn more about dementia.

To read more about the benefits that information from the 2011 Census helped to create, visit the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

Keeping your data safe

The safety of your information is our top priority. You cannot be identified in the statistics we publish. The personal information you give us is protected by law.

Personal information is any information that could allow you to be identified, for example, your name, address or date of birth. We do not share this with anyone.

Your census record is kept secure for 100 years and only then can it be seen by future generations.