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Census 2021

Sunday, 21 March 2021 was Census Day.

Online census has now closed

If you have an access code, you can no longer use it to access the census questions online.

However, you've still got time to fill out your paper version of the census. If you'd like a paper copy of the census to fill in, contact the census team.

Help with your census

You can get help online, in person or by speaking to someone.

Online help: you can view lots of guidance and support on the Census 2021 website.

Speak to someone for help: you can speak to someone over the phone, on a web chat, by text message and more. How to contact someone for help with the census.

In person help: we've been given special permission to open the following venues to answer any questions you have. You must wear a face covering when you visit, unless you're exempt.

Census support centres: you can ring any support centre for help and there are some centres you can visit for in person help. Support available includes help with general census queries, help to fill in your online census or paper form. The 2 census support centres in the borough are located at Wardleworth Community Centre and Mainway Insurance. View support centre addresses, opening times and more.

Empty houses need to be counted

It's important we have a census return for all houses, even if nobody usually lives there – for example holiday homes and caravans - because it’s a census of housing as well as a census of population.

Local councils need to know about all houses in their area so they can plan services and work out how many new houses need to be built.

How your answers will be used

The census information could be used by:

  • The government and local council - to help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area, such as doctor's surgeries, housing and bus routes.
  • Charities - as evidence when applying for the funding they need.
  • Businesses - to decide where to set up or expand.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to provide the services you and your community need.

About the census

The census is a national survey that takes place every 10 years to give a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for planning and carrying out the census for England and Wales. We'll support them to undertake the work across the borough of Rochdale.  

Some questions will be clearly labelled as optional - it's not an offence if you don't answer these.

Census 2021.


Census 2021 is managed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Contact details for the 2021 census