2021 Census

Households across Blaby will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021 which is taking place in England and Wales on 21 March 2021.

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, except for 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.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed”, Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include 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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit the Census 2021 website using the link at the bottom of the page.

How often is a Census carried out?

Office of National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for conducting a census in England and Wales every ten years. 

When was the last Census?

The last census of England and Wales took place on 27 March 2011.

Census 2011 data, released in 2012, tells us that the population estimate at the time was 56.1 million for England and Wales, an increase of 7.1% since 2001, and for Blaby District was 93,900, a 4% increase since 2001.

Further detail on population, age, sex and household estimates for Blaby and Leicestershire and can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

What are the benefits of a Census

A census counts everybody, as the population's characteristics are always changing it helps to describe society. A census is one of the main ways of accurately measuring change across the whole population.

The population of England and Wales, Leicestershire County and Blaby District is made up of many jigsaw pieces: different ages, different sexes and different ethnic groups. The census is the picture which shows how they are put together.

By knowing how many people live within the borders of England and Wales, Leicestershire County and Blaby District everyone can plan properly for the future.  The information helps ensure local services such as transport, housing, schools and hospitals, can be provided where they are needed.
Census data informs central and local government, helping to allocating billions of pounds in public funding to the right areas over the ten years.

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Last updated 16 February 2021
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