Census 2021: Deadline PASSES leaving Brits risking £1,000 fine if they failed to submit online form on time
22nd March 2021

BRITS who failed to fill in their forms on Census Day 2021 yesterday risk being fined £1000 as the deadline for submissions officially passes.

The punishment for failing to complete the form, either physically or online, by yesterday (Sunday March 21) is a whopping £1,000 fine.

Meanwhile landmarks across the country lit up purple as a reminder that people have to fill out the Census 2021.

Buildings including the Blackpool Tower, the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and the BT Tower in London have been decked in purple lights – the colour used for the census.

The census takes place every 10 years with every household in the UK required to fill out a form providing details of who lives or stays at the property and details of the house itself.

This year's census is only taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as Scotland has decided to postpone until next year due to covid.

Read our Census 2021 live blog below for the latest news, updates and useful tips…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW DO I COMPLETE THE CENSUS 2021 SURVEY?

    You should receive one letter per household about the census, and you only need to fill it out once for everyone you live with.

    The letter you'll receive will contain a unique access code, which you'll need to complete the census online via census.gov.uk. 

    If you don't want to or can't complete the form online, you can contact the ONS on 0800 141 2021 in England or 0800 169 2021 in Wales and ask for a paper form. 

    If you haven't heard from the ONS by March 21, you can contact them via census.gov.uk to ask for your unique code.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT DO I DO IF I LOST MY UNIQUE CODE OR CENSUS LETTER?

    You can request a new unique access code if you have lost or misplaced your census letter.

    This will be sent to you in the post or you can receive it by text message.

    However, a new access code means that you will lose all questions you havepreviously answered.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BRITS CAN RECEIVE FINE IF CENSUS NOT COMPLETED

    Brits could receive a fine if they do not fill out the census form.

    The fine could be up to £1,000 plus court costs.

    So make sure to fill out your form ASAP.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EXPLAINER – WHAT HAPPENS TO THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE CENSUS?

    The Office of National Statistics (ONS), which carries out the census, says it helps to give a "complete picture of the nation".

    Statistics obtained from recent censuses can be found at the ONS website but if you want to dig back even further you can go to the National Archives.

    No personal data is released or shared by the ONS but people can look at profiles of the country and their local area.

    ONS carries out a number of checks before publishing results to protect people's personal information.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CENSUS 2021: DEADLINE HAS PASSED

    The deadline for the census was at midnight last night.

    If you did not manage to fill in your census last night, do so immediately.

    Your information can be found in a letter you received in the post over the last two weeks.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    GOGGLEBOX STARS TALK ABOUT THE CENSUS

    Gogglebox fans were bewildered last night as the show went to an ad break – only for the stars to pop up again talking about the Census.

    Confusingly for anyone expecting to see traditional adverts, Lee and Jenny returned in a huge four-minute government plug.

    Many thought the infomercial – which took up the whole break – was the main show.

    And several wondered why exactly the Gogglebox stars were talking about how easy the Census is to fill in at length.

    One tweeted: "I didn’t get that the census bit on #Gogglebox was a bloody advert for it. I wondered why it went on for ages with many references to how easy it is to fill in."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    LESS THAN HALF OF BRITS TO TICK 'CHRISTIAN'

    Less than half of Britons are expected to tick 'Christian' in the UK census.

    The census will be a snapshot of Britain's new ideas, which will see many reject church as immoral or irrelevant, academics predict.

    In 2011, returns across England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland showed 59.3% ticking Christianity, a fall from 71.6% a decade earlier.

    Abby Day, professor of race, faith and culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, expects this year’s census to show a further erosion in Christian identity, mainly because postwar generations regard the church as irrelevant and immoral.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    CENSUS FINE

    Brits who failed to fill in their forms on Census Day 2021 yesterday risk being fined £1000 as the deadline for submissions officially passes.

    The punishment for failing to complete the form, either physically or online, by yesterday (Sunday March 21) is a whopping £1,000 fine.

    Meanwhile landmarks across the country lit up purple as a reminder that people have to fill out the Census 2021.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS OFFICERS WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE IF YOU DON’T COMPLETE SURVEY

    Later this month and early April, census field officers may visit your household if you haven’t submitted the census form or filled out the questions online or over the phone.

    The officers will be wearing PPE and will not enter your home.

    They will encourage you to complete the form and give you help if needed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHY IS THERE NO SURVEY IN SCOTLAND?

    Only residents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The 2021 census in Scotland was moved to 2022 by the devolved government there.

    They made the move to push back the Census due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED

    The Deadline to complete your census form was yesterday.

    Be quick and get it done as soon as possible.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: ONS SAYS NATIONAL SURVEY HELPS GET SERVICES TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

    Peter Benton, director of population and public policy operations at the ONS, said Census is the “fundamental bedrock of our statistical system”.

    Organisations such as local authorities and charities use the information it gathers to build a picture of what services communities might need, such as around transport, education and healthcare.

    For example it could inform the planning and funding around doctors’ surgeries, housing or bus routes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HAVE YOU FILLED OUT YOUR CENSUS 2021? DEADLINE IS JUST FIVE MINUTES AWAY

    THe Deadline to complete your census form is today.

    In fact it closes in just eight minutes – so if you haven't had a chance to do the Census 2021, do it now!

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS SHARE HILARIOUS MEMES OF THEIR MOCK ANSWERS AS THEY FILL OUT THE CENSUS

    BRITS took to the internet to share their hilarious mock answers for the Census today – as they moaned it was out on the same day as Line of Duty.

    It takes place every 10 years and every household must fill out their own survey as close to the deadline as possible. But while incorrect answers are a criminal offence, many still shared their mock answers online.

    One person said he wrote his religion – an optional question on the form – as Jediism, tweeting: “Got to religion… it had to be done Jedi”.

    Another joked: “Can’t believe they’ve put Census Day as the same day as the new series of Line of Duty. How we gonna fit it all in????”

    One nurse said of their work: “Left retirement because of the pandemic and have worked full time as an under paid, over worked and under appreciated nurse.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    STEPH MCGOVERN SAYS CENSUS 2021 ‘RECOGNISES PEOPLE LIKE ME EXIST’

    TV personality and broadcaster Steph McGovern has said the Census for this year “recognises families come in all shapes and sizes”.

    He said: “For the first time ever the census is going to recognise that people like me exist and that families come in all shapes and sizes.”

    Steph added: “It doesn’t take long to fill out and it’s what’s used to understand the makeup of our country. This snapshot of society is only done every ten years so please don’t ignore it.

    “I know surveys are boring, but by taking part it can help inform decisions about services needed in our communities. #Census2021 #Ad @census2021.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: WHAT QUESTIONS DO I NEED TO FILL OUT?

    The majority of the questions in the Census 2021 survey are mandatory, which means you’ll need to answer them.

    For example, questions that need to be filled in include those about your country of birth, ones about your employment, and ones about your relationship to everyone in your household.

    More personal questions, such as about sexual orientation, gender, and religion, don’t need to answered.

    The form will say which questions you must complete and which don’t need to be answered.

    There are different sections that need to be filled in. One is about your household collectively, and the other consists of individual parts for each person. You can choose to fill out the form on behalf of your household.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021 DEADLINE: THE LATEST

    • CENSUS forms must be submitted by today to avoid a £1,000 fine.
    • The 2021 census is the first to be carried out primarily online, Office for National Statistics chiefs said yesterday.
    • Every UK address was sent an access code by post. But codes can be requested if necessary from census.gov.uk.
    • Held every ten years it asks about sex, age, ethnicity, health, education, work and household size.

    CENSUS 2021 'LOOKING AT THE DIVERSITY OF THE POPULATION' TO PLAN LOCAL SERVICES

    Peter Benton, director of population and public policy operations at the ONS, told the BBC that the Census is the “fundamental bedrock of our statistical system”.

    Mr Benton explained that, at the time of the first census in 1801, when there were around nine million people in England and Wales, the concern was “about whether we would have enough fighting men to fight in the Napoleonic wars”.

    He added: “You get to 1921, and there were questions about whether kids are orphaned obviously because of the First World War and the Spanish flu.

    “And then the Census keeps moving with the times, so you get to the 50s, and the 1951 census is all about housing – how many people have got a kitchen sink? How many people have only got an outside toilet?

    “And then for the next couple of decades that was a focus, but now housing is of a much higher quality and the Census now is looking at all the diversity of the population so our local services can be really well planned.”

    CENSUS OFFICERS WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE IF YOU DON’T COMPLETE SURVEY

    Later this month and early April, census field officers may visit your household if you haven’t submitted the census form or filled out the questions online or over the phone.

    The officers will be wearing PPE and will not enter your home.

    They will encourage you to complete the form and give you help if needed.

    CENSUS 2021: WHY IS THERE NO SURVEY IN SCOTLAND?

    Only residents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The 2021 census in Scotland was moved to 2022 by the devolved government there.

    They made the move to push back the Census due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    INCORRECT INFO COULD LEAD TO CRIMINAL RECORD

    If you don’t take part, you could be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement for each household to fill out the census.

    Supplying incorrect information is also a criminal offence, so make sure your answers are accurate.

    However, not all questions are mandatory – for example, you don’t need to answer questions about your sexual orientation, gender, and religion.

    • Joseph Gamp

      CENSUS 2021: ONS SAYS NATIONAL SURVEY HELPS GET SERVICES TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

      Peter Benton, director of population and public policy operations at the ONS, said Census is the “fundamental bedrock of our statistical system”.

      Organisations such as local authorities and charities use the information it gathers to build a picture of what services communities might need, such as around transport, education and healthcare.

      For example it could inform the planning and funding around doctors’ surgeries, housing or bus routes.

    • Joseph Gamp

      CENSUS 2021: MINISTER FOR MILITARY VETERANS URGES THEM TO COMPLETE CENSUS

      Veteran’s minister Johnny Mercer has issued a plea for Armed Forces veterans to complete Census 2021.

      This year’s survey includes details of military careers for the first time.

      Mercer, a former British Army officer, said: “The census is key to aiding local authorities and government departments in understanding the demographics of an area, and what specific resources citizens require.

      “The best way to get information on these needs is through the census. By declaring your veteran status if you’ve served, we will be able to get a greater understanding of the numbers, locations and age ranges of our Armed Forces veterans.

      “This census data will allow the Government, the NHS and the service charity sectors to get more detailed information about which areas of the country need more resources and expertise, to aid veterans and their families.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      BRITS SHARE HILARIOUS MEMES OF THEIR MOCK ANSWERS AS THEY FILL OUT THE CENSUS

      BRITS took to the internet to share their hilarious mock answers for the Census today – as they moaned it was out on the same day as Line of Duty.

      It takes place every 10 years and every household must fill out their own survey as close to the deadline as possible. But while incorrect answers are a criminal offence, many still shared their mock answers online.

      One person said he wrote his religion – an optional question on the form – as Jediism, tweeting: “Got to religion… it had to be done Jedi”.

      Another joked: “Can’t believe they’ve put Census Day as the same day as the new series of Line of Duty. How we gonna fit it all in????”

      One nurse said of their work: “Left retirement because of the pandemic and have worked full time as an under paid, over worked and under appreciated nurse.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      STEPH MCGOVERN SAYS CENSUS 2021 ‘RECOGNISES PEOPLE LIKE ME EXIST’

      TV personality and broadcaster Steph McGovern has said the Census for this year “recognises families come in all shapes and sizes”.

      He said: “For the first time ever the census is going to recognise that people like me exist and that families come in all shapes and sizes.”

      Steph added: “It doesn’t take long to fill out and it’s what’s used to understand the makeup of our country. This snapshot of society is only done every ten years so please don’t ignore it.

      “I know surveys are boring, but by taking part it can help inform decisions about services needed in our communities. #Census2021 #Ad @census2021.”

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