2021 and Beyond

All three census offices are planning for modified traditional censuses for 2021. This work follows a period of consultations, reflection and research about options for beyond 2011.

The 2021 round of censuses will be heavily reliant on internet delivery and capture and will seek to draw on administrative data sources.

At Nov 2015 census offices were:

  • Making business cases to ministers
  • Undertaking and responding to census and topics consultations
  • Working on the census design including producing experimental statistics based on administrative data

Definitive information about the census programmes can be found at


The Census Support team take an active interest in census plans on behalf of users, attend advisory groups and prepare generic consultation responses. However, the nature of modern consultations make it impossible to adequately reflect the breadth of all users concerns and we encourage all individuals who use, or plan to use, future census data to contribute to census consultation processes.


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