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Census Day was Sunday 21 March 2021. But don't worry, there is still time to complete your questionnaire...

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

You can view any census data that is published on the Office for National Statistics website.

Since 1801, every ten years the Office for National Statistics sets aside one day for the census and a count of all people and households.

It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have.

The latest census was held on Sunday 27 March 2011

Census 2021

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 2021. 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 person to complete. It's easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

How to take part

This year's census is being run predominantly online and is compatible with more assistive technologies including screen-readers, however paper forms are available for those who need them and there's plenty of support available for anyone who needs it.

Completing the questionnaire online 

Every household should have received a pack in the post containing instructions and a 16-digit access code that allows them to login. 

A family member or volunteer can help anyone to complete their census with this access code and there's a range of help available online, through web chat, over the phone and in-person at Census Support Centres.

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It's easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Census - start census

Completing the questionnaire on paper 

If you're not confident or don't want to complete online there's no need to worry as you can request a paper questionnaire and return via post once completed.

Request a paper questionnaire by visiting Census - Census 2021 or calling 0800 876 6276.

What if I don't speak English?

Translation booklets are available to download below.

If your language is not represented, please contact the Census customer contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

The Census website has full language downloadable guides in 49 languages available.

Why is there a specific question about ex-service personnel in Census 2021?

In consultation with ex-service organisations, it has been identified that veterans were poorly represented regarding funding and service provision.

The Census will help address this - making it count for Veterans!

What do you mean by 'Veteran'?

If you have ever been issued an official Military identification number, you are classed as a Veteran.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is there to answer questions about the census and offer alternative formats - for example, a large print questionnaire pack or a braille guidance booklet.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about alternative formats contact the ONS contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

Below are some helpline numbers and links to key resources on the census website:

Census Support Centres

Census Support Centres are available in most areas across England and Wales in community hubs such as your local library. Trained staff in these centres will be able to help you complete your census online where face to face support can be offered, or to complete your questionnaire over the phone. If you do not have internet access, you can find out where your nearest support centre is by calling their contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

If you are asked for help

People can ask a trusted person, such as a friend, family member or carer, for help with completing and returning their form.

There's a lot more information at Census - help

A safe and secure census 

After Census Day, Office for National Statistics (ONS) field staff might visit homes to give help and encouragement where people haven't filled in their forms. They'll wear ID and won't ask to come inside or see personal documents. 

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?

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

Visit the Census website for more information

The role of field officers

Millions of households across England and Wales have already made sure they count when it comes to planning and provision of the key services we all rely upon, like GP surgeries, school places and hospital beds, by filling out their online census form.

However, it is vital everyone who hasn't yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, March 21, has been and gone.

Field officers are already out and about and will visit households who have not submitted their census this Easter weekend. The operation will reach its peak next week so more officers will be knocking at doors where our records show there has been no response.

  • The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper after Census Day and direct them to the support services they need
  • Field staff will never need to enter people's houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance
  • They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census

Get Involved in census 2021

Thousands of people like you are being hired in a range of exciting temporary roles to make census 2021 a success.

The census is a survey about all of us. We need your help and enthusiasm to encourage everyone in England and Wales to participate.

Whether you're saving up for something or you want to make a real difference to your community, there's a job for you.

View the census website and Search for a census job

Census 2021 Programme update

Census 2021 is still going ahead as planned in England and Wales on 21 March 2021, even with the current COVID-19 situation and lockdown.

  • Census 2021 will highlight areas of deprivation, it will show the ethnic make-up of the country, it will provide information on our living arrangements, health, education and the jobs we do and the data from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come.It will also provide important insights into the impact of the pandemic on our society.
  • Census 2021 have planned and built a flexible operation which can adapt to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. It will continue to review and adapt plans to ensure staff and the public can be kept safe, and everyone can be safely counted.
  • Census 2021 is currently ensuring that the right plans and resources are in place to deliver a successful census safely and securely.
  • Census 2021 are committed to ensuring that everyone is kept safe as they take part in the Census. This will be a digital-first census and we will be encouraging people to respond online if they can.
  • Census 2021 has been designed to be simple, straightforward and safe to complete. The census field operation, which follows up with people who need help to complete their questionnaires, will be carried out without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contacts with the public will be socially distanced and our field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance.

An introduction to the census video

Preston's wards

Wards are areas of the city that have been established for the purposes of administration and elections for local councillors.

Preston was made up of 22 wards until May 2019 where a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission took place. Preston is now made up of a total of 16 wards.  

Census fact sheets from 2011

We have produced a census fact sheet for each of Preston's 22 wards. These fact sheets contain a summary of the 2011 census data and information about your neighbourhood.

Icon for pdf Ashton Ward [478.07KB]Icon for pdf Moor Park Ward [477.08KB]
Icon for pdf Brookfield Ward [478.61KB]Icon for pdf Preston Rural East Ward [479.33KB]
Icon for pdf Cadley Ward [480.81KB]Icon for pdf Preston Rural North Ward [475.1KB]
Icon for pdf College Ward [485.55KB]Icon for pdf Ribbleton Ward [480.47KB]
Icon for pdf Deepdale Ward [477.45KB]Icon for pdf Riversway Ward [478.82KB]
Icon for pdf Fishwick Ward [495.27KB]Icon for pdf Sharoe Green Ward [478.28KB]
Icon for pdf Garrison Ward [479.1KB]Icon for pdf St George's Ward [478.71KB]
Icon for pdf Greyfriars Ward [477.7KB]Icon for pdf St Matthew's Ward [478.58KB]
Icon for pdf Ingol Ward [479.95KB]Icon for pdf Town Centre Ward [480.6KB]
Icon for pdf Larches Ward [476.16KB]Icon for pdf Tulketh Ward [479.03KB]
Icon for pdf Lea Ward [479.99KB]Icon for pdf University Ward [476.05KB]

Equality data hub

The equality data hub provides demographic information such as age, sex and religion for the population of Preston and the surrounding areas.

All the data provided has been sourced from the Office of National Statistics, Census 2011.

We have provided this information to help council departments, partners and community groups further improve their understanding of community needs to help plan and deliver their services.

This will allow us to prioritise and focus on specific equality areas as we continue to provide services that are free from discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

Equality data infographics

The infographics provide a demographic make-up of each ward within Preston. For example they will tell you how many people there are aged between 30-44, which is the most popular religion, and how many people are unemployed in that area.

Icon for pdf Ashton Ward infographic [785.65KB]Icon for pdf Moor Park Ward infographic [811.58KB]
Icon for pdf Brookfield Ward infographic [796.56KB]Icon for pdf Preston Rural East infographic [798.6KB]
Icon for pdf Cadley Ward Infographic [787.06KB]Icon for pdf Preston Rural North Ward infographic [808.48KB]
Icon for pdf College Ward infographic [800.26KB]Icon for pdf Ribbleton Ward infographic [820.37KB]
Icon for pdf Deepdale Ward infographic [803.2KB]Icon for pdf Riversway Ward infographic [868.97KB]
Icon for pdf Fishwick Ward infographic [810.99KB]Icon for pdf Sharoe Green Ward infographic [797.45KB]
Icon for pdf Garrison Ward infographic [797.08KB]Icon for pdf St George's Ward infographic [802.38KB]
Icon for pdf Greyfriars Ward infographic [798.37KB]Icon for pdf St Matthew's Ward infographic [805.04KB]
Icon for pdf Ingol Ward infographic [830.82KB]Icon for pdf Town Centre Ward infographic [806.16KB]
Icon for pdf Lea Ward infographic [794.99KB]Icon for pdf Tulketh Ward infographic [799.73KB]

For a summary of some of the most important economic, social and environmental factors in Preston please visit Lancashire County Council - District profile Preston.

Why do we provide this information?

We are committed to the Fairness agenda, promoting equality and cohesion, tackling inequalities and creating a harmonious society.

We also have a duty to protect people from discrimination in the workplace and wider society under the Equality Act 2010.

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