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Census 2021
England and Wales
Area England and Wales
Registrar Professor Sir Ian Diamond (as National Statistician)
Census day(s) 21 March 2021
Issuing organisation ONS
Data supplier Leidos Innovations
Rehearsal September – December 2019.
Rehearsal Areas Carlisle, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
Census forms Household and others

On 21 March 2021, the decennial 2021 censuses of England and Wales and of Northern Ireland took place. The census of Scotland is planned to take place in 2022.

Changes from 2011 census

The general style of the questionnaire is similar to that of the 2011 census, although there are some new questions for 2021:

  • A question asking if people have served in the armed forces.
  • Voluntary question for 16 and over about sexual orientation.
  • Voluntary question for 16 and over about whether people feel they are the sex which was on their birth certificate; this is in addition to the compulsory question about their sex.

Amended Legislation

In Scotland, the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2019 makes provisions for voluntary questions about transgender status and sexual orientation to be asked. The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Act 2019 makes the same provision for England and Wales. The sexual orientation question will also be asked in Northern Ireland.

On 17 March 2021, the ONS withdrew from the High Court proceedings, conceding that "what is your sex" refers to sex as recognised by the law, and not gender identity.

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