Census 2021

Households across South Lakeland will now have been asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

This is a digital-first census. Households will have received a letter through the post with a unique access code, allowing you to complete your questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day was Sunday 21 March 2021, but it can still be completed now. More information is available at Census 2021.

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

If you have any queries or require support completing the questionnaire please contact census directly:

About the census

The census includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there is a question asking you whether you 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.

This time the Office for National Statistics is making an effort to involve key population groups who may have certain barriers to completing the census. These groups include low income households and people lacking digital skills who are aged 65 and over.

Information from the 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.

To find out how to get involved, visit:

Facts 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. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes
  • It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs
  • The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups. Charities use census information to help get the funding they need, while businesses also use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities
  • For residents who do not speak English, help is available: Census 2021: Languages

It is a legal requirement to complete the Census 2021 questionnaire. Failure to complete it could result in prosecution, a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.