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Can you complete the census before March 21?


Every 10 years the census is issued, asking Britons from every single household to fill in specific information about their lives. The responses to the questions then help the Government make key decisions about planning and public services.

Britons should have now received a letter through their doors asking them to fill in details about their households and the people living there.

This letter contains an access code that enables you to answer the census questions online.

You can also request a code online if you’ve not received a letter, or request a paper census if you would prefer to fill it out this way.

The census letter details a date from which it should be filled in, but can you fill it in beforehand?

Read More: When will I receive my census form 2021?

So if you’ve started a new job, moved home or had a new housemate move in before March 21, but have already filled in the census, you will need to contact the Government and let them know.

A note on the census website says: “If you’ve responded before March 21 and things have changed, you can let us know by calling us free.”

How to contact the Government about the census

There will be census advisers available to help you at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed
  • Census weekend (20 – 21 March), 8am to 8pm


  • Telephone free: 0800 141 2021


  • Telephone free: 0800 169 2021 (available in English or Welsh)

You need to complete a census if you:

  • live in private or rented accommodation
  • are a student
  • have a second home or empty property
  • live somewhere that is mobile, such as a canal boat or motorhome
  • live in a care home, armed forces base or similar establishment
  • do not live at a fixed address
  • live in a refuge
  • are in witness protection

You are not responsible for filling in the census if you’re staying in the UK for less than three months.

The owner, accommodation manager or householder where you’re staying may ask you some questions so that they can fill in the census about the people staying there.


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