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Census 2021

At the time of the last census…

  • 107,749 people were living in Wyre
  • 1,677 families had more than three children
  • Chinese was the top language spoken after English and Welsh
  • There were 2,003 people working in national government administrative occupations, 571 farmers and 57 midwives
  • 1,348 people cycled to work

What is 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.

When is it happening?

Census day is March 21. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request. 

Why should I take part?

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 also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

How long will it take?

The census will take around 10 minutes per household, and a further 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.

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?

You could face prosecution, a fine (up to £1000), and a criminal record.

Help with filling out your census.

National Contact Centre – Live 1 March

The National Contact Centre offers help over the phone, via webchat and SMS text message, and through the ‘Contact Us’ form on the census website.

The contact centre goes live on 1 March, it is UK-based and free to call.

There will be separate lines for England and Wales, plus a language helpline, text relay and short text numbers.

  • Contact centre for those living in England 0800 141 2021
  • England NGT (text relay service) (18001) 0800 141 2021
  • Language helpline 0800 587 2021

Support centres in Wyre

To find a census support centre near you, please click here. Census support centres will help with general census queries, help you to fill in your online census or paper form, and discuss other ways to support you.

Some phone support will be available from centres from Monday 1 March, but they cannot open fully during lockdown. As restrictions are eased, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will continue to monitor the situation and assess whether and where centres can open to provide in-person support.

Local support centres will be there to help you if you are unsure how to complete your census. These will be located at:

We are awaiting confirmation of the date these centres can open.

Census Jobs

For more information relating to census jobs, please click here.

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