Census 2021: Brits must fill out and submit forms TODAY or risk £1,000 fine as deadline hits

CENSUS Day 2021 is here and Brits are being urged to fill in their forms as soon as possible as the deadline for submission hits TODAY.

The punishment for failing to complete the form, either physically or online, by today (Sunday March 21) is a whopping £1,000 fine.

Meanwhile landmarks across the country have lit up purple as a reminder that people have to fill out the Census 2021.

Buildings including the Blackpool Tower, the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and the BT Tower in London have been decked in purple lights – the colour used for the census.

The census takes place every 10 years with every household in the UK required to fill out a form providing details of who lives or stays at the property and details of the house itself.

This year's census is only taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as Scotland has decided to postpone until next year due to covid.

Read our Census 2021 live blog below for the latest news, updates and useful tips…

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT HAPPENS TO INFO COLLECTED?

    The Office of National Statistics (ONS), which carries out the census, says it helps to give a "complete picture of the nation".

    Statistics obtained from recent censuses can be found at the ONS website but if you want to dig back even further you can go to the National Archives.

    No personal data is released or shared by the ONS but people can look at profiles of the country and their local area.

    ONS carries out a number of checks before publishing results to protect people's personal information.

  • Katie Davis

    FEARS BRITS COULD INCLUDE PETS IN CENSUS

    Brits are expected to make a dog’s dinner of the 2021 census – by including their pooches.

    Pandemic puppies and Covid cats are being entered on the once-a-decade statistics survey.

    They are being listed as boneafide family members – with households listing them as sons or daughters, researchers say.

    Research carried out suggests at least 16 per cent of households will list dogs as family members in the census.

    It’s believed 3.2m households bought a pet during the pandemic.

    Read the full story here.

  • Katie Davis

    CENSUS MUST BE COMPLETED TODAY

    Brits must fill out their census TODAY – or risk being whacked with a £1,000 fine.

    It is a questionnaire about your household, covering topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in and your employment status.

    You only need to fill this out once per household, and you can request to do this via an online form or postal survey.

  • Alex Winter

    LANDMARKS LIGHT UP FOR CENSUS DAY

    Blackpool Tower was illuminated in purple
  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: NO PERSONAL DATA RELEASED OR SHARED BY ONS

    Statistics obtained from recent censuses can be found at the Office for National Statistics website but if you want to dig back even further you can go to the National Archives.

    No personal data is released or shared by the ONS but people can look at profiles of the country and their local area.

    ONS carries out a number of checks before publishing results to protect people’s personal information.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS INFO KEPT PRIVATE FOR 100 YEARS

    Information gathered in censuses remain anonymous for 100 years to protect privacy rights.

    The 1921 census is set to be released soon, allowing people to learn more about their family history.

    It won’t be published until early 2022, according to National Archives.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS 2021 FORM

    Video explains how to complete the Census 2021 form

  • Joseph Gamp

    MSE FOUNDER MARTIN LEWIS' CENSUS WARNING

    Martin Lewis has warned all households could face a £1,000 fine from this Sunday – unless they fill in the Census 2021 survey.

    The Census is a questionnaire about your household, covering topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in and your employment status.

    Martin wrote in his weekly MoneySavingExpert newsletter: “This Sunday is ‘Census Day‘… fill it in or risk a £1,000 fine.

    “It’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only, and ignoring the survey altogether could land you in hot water.”

    If you don’t take part, you could be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement for each household to fill out the census.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021 EXPECTED TO COST £900M

    The cost of carrying out the Census 2021 is expected to reach £900m.

    The questionnaire, which household are legally obliged to fill out, is expected to be largely carried out online, for the first time ever.

    Some 28m households in England and Wales are due to complete the survey tomorrow, March 21.

    “It’s going to be fascinating,” said Peter Benton, the ONS’s director in charge of the census. “There has never been a more important time to take a snapshot. We have just left the European Union, we have the impact of the pandemic and we will be able to see that in the census statistics.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL OUT?

    It takes an average of ten minutes per person to fill out the Census form.

    Most people have completed the questionnaire within 30 minutes.

    Make sure you get it done tomorrow – it doesn’t take long.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MSE'S MARTIN LEWIS' CENSUS WARNING

    Martin Lewis has warned all households could face a £1,000 fine from this Sunday – unless they fill in the Census 2021 survey.

    The Census is a questionnaire about your household, covering topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in and your employment status.

    Martin wrote in his weekly MoneySavingExpert newsletter: “This Sunday is ‘Census Day‘… fill it in or risk a £1,000 fine.

    “It’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only, and ignoring the survey altogether could land you in hot water.”

    If you don’t take part, you could be fined £1,000 as it’s a legal requirement for each household to fill out the census.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR FORM

    If you have lost your census form, the best thing to do is obtain a unique access code in order to login to your census account online.

    The unique 16-digit code will be printed on the letter sent to you by Census UK.

    You can request a new access code to start a new census if you’ve lost or not received a code in the post.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: GOGGLEBOX FANS BEWILDERED AS STARS APPEAR IN THE BREAK TALKING ABOUT THE CENSUS – NOT REALISING IT'S AN AD

    Gogglebox fans bewildered as stars appear in the break talking about the Census – not realising it’s an ad

  • Joseph Gamp

    FEARS BRITS COULD INCLUDE PETS IN CENSUS

    Brits are expected to make a dog’s dinner of the 2021 census – by including their pooches.

    Pandemic puppies and Covid cats are being entered on the once-a-decade statistics survey.

    They are being listed as boneafide family members – with households listing them as sons or daughters, researchers say.

    Research carried out suggests at least 16 per cent of households will list dogs as family members in the census.

    It’s believed 3.2m households bought a pet during the pandemic.

    Read the full story here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: JERMAINE JENAS FILLED OUT HIS FORM 'DURING THE HALF TIME BREAK', URGES FANS TO COMPLETE SURVEY

  • Joseph Gamp

    DENISE VAN OUTEN URGES BRIT TO GET THEIR CENSUS 2021 'DONE'

    Denise Van Outen has also lent her status to promoting the Census 2021.

    The TV personality and presenter tweeted a Census video, saying: "Jacob & Lucy from Brighton have done it.

    "Watch their @census2021 story here and see how you can fill in yours too #CensusDone."

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T FILL OUT YOUR FORM?

    According to Census.co.uk, anyone who doesn’t complete the form will have a census officer get in touch with them.

    They will help make adjustments for the participant to complete their document – but further failure to comply is a crime which results in a potential court case.

    Should court proceedings go ahead, people risk paying £1,000 and any associated court costs.

    These fines are usually a last resort though, and likely wouldn’t be enforced until several months after this deadline.

    Just four people received the maximum £1,000 fine during the last census in 2011.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT IS CENSUS DAY 2021?

    The census takes place every 10 years in the UK, including this year in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

    People have a set date by which they need to complete the relatively short questionnaire. In 2021, the date is Sunday, March 21, 2021.

    The census takes into account whole households, and it is compulsory to complete it.

    If you haven’t heard from the ONS by March 21, you can contact them via census.gov.uk to ask for your unique code.

    Scotland has postponed their census until March 20, 2022.

  • Joseph Gamp

    #CENSUSDONE: ALESHA DIXON URGES PEOPLE TO FOLLOW SUIT AND FILL OUT THEIR FORM

    Alesha Dixon has told her followers to follow suit and get their Census 2021 form "done".

    She tweeted: "Filled out my @Census2021"

    "Have you done yours? #CensusDone #census2021 #adulting."

  • Joseph Gamp

    CENSUS 2021: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL OUT?

    It takes an average of ten minutes per person to fill out the Census form.

    Most people have completed the questionnaire within 30 minutes.

    Make sure you get it done tomorrow – it doesn't take long.

  • Jon Rogers

    WHAT IS THE CENSUS USED FOR?

    Modern censuses have been taking place every ten years since 1801 with the exception of 1941 (during World War Two) and another in Ireland in 1921.

    The Office of National Statistics (ONS), which carries out the census, says it helps to give a “complete picture of the nation”.

    The census helped provide vital information that the government needs to develop policies, plan and run public services and allocate funding.

  • Jon Rogers

    CENSUS 2021: WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR FORM

    If you have lost your census form, the best thing to do is obtain a unique access code in order to login to your census account online.

    The unique 16-digit code will be printed on the letter sent to you by Census UK.

    You can request a new access code to start a new census if you’ve lost or not received a code in the post.

  • Jon Rogers

    EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO CENSUS RECORDS?

    Statistics obtained from recent censuses can be found at the ONS website but if you want to dig back even further you can go to the National Archives.

    No personal data is released or shared by the ONS, but people can look at profiles of the country and their local area.

    ONS carries out a number of checks before publishing results to protect people’s personal information.

  • Jon Rogers

    FEARS BRITS COULD INCLUDE PETS IN CENSUS

    Brits are expected to make a dog's dinner of the 2021 census – by including their pooches.

    Pandemic puppies and Covid cats are being entered on the once-a-decade statistics survey.

    They are being listed as boneafide family members – with households listing them as sons or daughters, researchers say.

    Research carried out suggests at least 16 per cent of households will list dogs as family members in the census.

    It's believed 3.2m households bought a pet during the pandemic.

    Read the full story here.

  • Hana Carter

    WHAT IS CENSUS DAY 2021?

    The census takes place every 10 years in the UK, including this year in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

    People have a set date by which they need to complete the relatively short questionnaire. In 2021, the date is Sunday, March 21, 2021.

    The census takes into account whole households, and it is compulsory to complete it.

    If you haven’t heard from the ONS by March 21, you can contact them via census.gov.uk to ask for your unique code.

    Scotland has postponed their census until March 20, 2022.

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