The next census in England and Wales will be in 2021 and as part of the census research programme, on 4 June 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) launched a 12 week public consultation asking users for their views on the topics that the 2021 Census might include. ONS wants to determine the information that users want and need from the 2021 Census, and which data will in future be needed for policy, business, and administrative purposes within the public and private sectors.

ONS is encouraging people to respond online to their current proposals

More information on the topic consultation, including a PDF of the "Initial View on Content for England and Wales", is available at

Anyone can take part in this public consultation which closes on Thursday 27 August and users’ feedback will inform further research, development of questions, and other engagement activities.

The National Statistician, John Pullinger, says:

"Decisions based on the census can touch the lives of all of us. Individuals and organisations alike are able to make better decisions based on the unique and reliable evidence base that the census provides. But we can't run this major project alone. We need the help of census users to ensure that the census stays relevant and credible. So do please take the time to share your views through this consultation. Together we can make sure we understand as much as we need to about the population in 2021."

Topic Consultation Roadshows - Help to shape the 2021 Census

ONS are running four regional roadshows to support this consultation. There will be examples, extra information and a chance for you to put your questions to experienced ONS staff.

We would be delighted if you can attend, but stress that attendance is not necessary for you to take part in the topic consultation.

Road show dates and venues:

  • 22 June 2015 — Newcastle 10:00 to 13:30
  • 23 June 2015 — Birmingham 10:00 to 13:30
  • 24 June 2015 — Cardiff 10:00 to 13:30
  • 25 June 2015 — London 10:00 to 13:30

Book a place by emailing:

There are limited places at these events, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you wish to take part in the consultation but are unable to respond online please contact Census Customer Services:

Telephone: 01329 444972
Address: Census Customer Services, ONS, Titchfield, Fareham, Hants, PO15 5RR