Census 2021

Every ten years, the government carry out a census of all households in England and Wales. 

Census day will be Sunday March 21 2021.   

The census is carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  It gives a snapshot of the nation and helps to plan and fund public services. This include schools, new homes and health services.

The council is supporting the ONS to deliver the census across the borough.  Households across Tower Hamlets will be sent postcards in February ahead of letters in March 2021 to ask them to take part in the survey.

For the first time, the census will be held primarily online. Households will get a letter with a unique access code. This will let them complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. 

You can ask for a paper form if you are unable to complete the online form.

There will be resources if you need more support. This includes translations, braille and easy read guidance.     

Information leaflets in Bengali and Somali

Please share if it would help any of your family, friends or neighbours:

Census 2021 information leaflet (Bengali)

Census 2021 information leaflet (Somali)

Census support centres

There are two support centres in Tower Hamlets where residents can get help with filling in an online or paper census form.

These are at: 

Mayfield House

202 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9LJ

Tel:  020 7790 2650
Email: census@wit.org.uk

Stepney Green

2-6 Cressy Place
E1 3JG

Tel: 020 7790 3632
Email: info@stifford.org.uk

Further information

On the Census 2021 website, you can find out how the data will be used and how it will be safely stored. You can also find out the Covid-19 safety measures.