Census 2021

Households across Reading are now being asked to take part in Census 2021.

Census day was last Sunday (21 March), but it is vital those who have not yet completed, do so as soon as possible.
For those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available. See below for the range of local and national support available.
Field officers will soon start calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part.

They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.

If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

About the census

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

The census includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. It does not affect benefits or immigration status.

Census Information Packs

All households across Reading should have received an information pack containing their unique 16-digit access code to complete the census online.  If you haven’t, or you misplaced your letter, you can go online to www.census.gov.uk and request a new unique access code.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete for each person who lives there. 

Help and information

For more information, visit the Census 2021 website or freephone 0800 141 2021 (Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturdays 8am – 1pm).

Local Census support

Reading Voluntary Action are also offering a census support telephone service. Please call 0118 334 1095 (9-5 Mon-Fri from 2nd March) to make an appointment.

To book an appointment at Reading Library for support (at Central Reading Library) call 0118 334 1095 or email census@rva.org.uk

Communicare can offer Census support appointments at their centre near Cemetery Junction, please contact 0118 926 3941.