2021 UK Census

Census 2021

The 2011 Census successfully provided population statistics that will be used for the next decade by planners, policy makers and researchers across the public and private sectors. But the population is changing rapidly, and the need to understand these changes will continue. Improvements in technology and in government data sources offer new opportunities. During the last few years, the Beyond 2011 programme assessed the different possible approaches to producing population and housing statistics in future. The vision for the programme was to make the best use of all available population data to help shape tomorrow, and the Census Transformation Programme (CTP) is now taking forward the implementation of this vision through three major strands of concurrent work:

  • Strand 1 – will look at how to run the 2021 Census data collection operation and its coverage survey, including the address register, field force, online/paper data collection, public support and enumeration of communal establishments.
  • Strand 2 – will deal with how to integrate census and administrative and survey data to provide and disseminate census outputs.
  • Strand 3 – will look further ahead, addressing how we produce population statistics beyond the 2021 Census.


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) launched a public consultation on proposed topics for the 2021 Census questionnaire in England and Wales on 4th June 2015. The public consultation was open to everyone and closed in August 2015.

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About the Census Transformation Programme

The aim of the Census Transformation Programme is to make the best use of all available data in England and Wales to enhance the provision of population statistics. It will provide an online census in 2021, it will seek to increase the use of administrative data to enhance population statistics, and it will form plans for the provision of population statistics after 2021.

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