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2021 Census

Census Day was Sunday 21 March 2021.

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 census asks questions about people, their household and their home. The census will give us the most accurate, up to date snapshot of Merton and the needs of our residents.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for delivering the census in England and Wales.

The 2021 Census will be a 'digital-first' census. The ONS want as many people as possible to fill their questionnaire in online in 2021. Filling the census out online will provide the ONS with better quality data and quicker outputs. It will also be easier for people to complete. People will be able to complete it anywhere on any device.

Why should I take part in the census?

It is important you take part in the census. The information it gives has the power to make a real impact on our day-to-day lives.

Local councils, charities and many other organisations use census information to decide how to spend billions of pounds on services every year. This includes spending on transport, education and healthcare.

To make sure this money is spent where it's most needed, it's important that the census counts everyone.

Where can I find out more? 

More information about the census is available via the official census website.