Census 2021

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What the census is

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.

Past, present and future

The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and the 2021 Census was on Sunday March 21. 

The personal information is kept confidential for 100 years following the Census.

Solihull Libraries members can view the information from the 1841-1911 Censuses online via Ancestry free of charge (while under COVID restrictions from home). See https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Libraries/virtual-reference-library for details.

The 1921 Census is planned to be available in 2022.

Scam guidance

Any staff calling at homes in Solihull for any Census issues will be Non-compliance staff from the Office for National Statistics, and not Solihull Council staff.

We would like to remind you once again about the following:

Guidance on what a member of the public should do if they are concerned that the person on their doorstep is not a genuine census official:

  • Census officers will carry an ID card with their photograph and name
  • Census officers will work through the day to make contact with residents but will not call before 9.00am or after 8.00pm
  • Census officers will never ask for money or bank details
  • Census officers will never need to enter someone’s home
  • Census officers will have census leaflets and paper questionnaires with them
  • If the householder is still concerned, they can ring the contact centre for further advice:
    • England 0800 141 2021
    • Wales 0800 169 2021

Census officers will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines.

Filling in the Census

Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that people will be encouraged to respond online if they can. You will be able to complete the census using any device, including your mobile phone or tablet, and households are being encouraged to get help from family and friends to complete their census.

Households should have received a letter from the Office for National Statistics in March 2021 containing an access code which they can use online.

Individuals within a household who prefer to complete their own census form without being part of a household form can request an individual code.

Armed Forces question

This Census will include for the first time a question asking if any resident served in the armed forces as a regular or reservist. The data generated from the Census will be used by local & national government and charity organisations including the Royal British Legion, to ensure support & services are focused more effectively. It will also enable true visibility of the numbers within the veteran community as currently only estimates are used.

Our armed forces FAQ can help you answer the census.

Find out more about Solihull’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-the-Council/Armed-forces-covenant

Census information for Solihull

Statistics from the 2011 Census are available at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-Solihull/Census-2011 with more information at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-Solihull/About-Solihull

You can find information on the 2021 Census and COVID-19 here.