Parents and carers – please see the information below from the Office for National Statistics:

Filling in the census is everyone’s responsibility…there is help available to complete yours – and there is still time.

The census benefits us all by underpinning the services that you and your family rely on and it helps inform policy at both local and national level, such as the availability of your child's school place, education funding, local green spaces, medical support, toddler spaces in car parks, and things like bike lanes on local roads. Local school places and staff that speak different languages are just some of many services that are provided from the information collected in the census. This is why it is so important that we all complete it. Although census day has passed you can still respond, and doing so now will avoid getting a fine. There is lots of free help and support both online at or by calling the census helpline on 0800 141 2021.

Census Officers will be calling at all houses that have not responded.

They will offer help and encouragement and will operate according to the latest government guidelines. All field officers will carry a census ID. They will never enter your home or ask to see any personal documents. They will never ask for any type of payment. Fines for non-completion will not be given by household officers or be sent by text or email.

I’m not a British citizen, should I be counted?

Yes. Everyone staying in England and Wales on Census Day, March 21, has to be counted. If you need language support, call our contact centre on 0800 141 2021 for help.

If you can’t get online, there is support available.

This is the very first time we are asking everyone to respond online if they can and we’ve had a terrific response. If you know someone who doesn't have the skills or confidence to do it online, help is at hand. We have census support centres across England and Wales, offering telephone and face to face support. Visit this link to find a centre near you. You can also call our contact centre on 0800 141 2021 for help.