Census

Census 2021

The census took place on 21st March but it is not too late to take part! You can still complete your census online or submit a paper copy of the census. It is mandatory to complete the census, and you could face a fine of up to £1000 if you do not.

You should now have received your census letter in the post, which will either be a paper version of the questionnaire or an access code to complete the census online, which you can do as soon as you receive the letter. If you have not yet received your census letter or if you have since lost your letter, you can request a new online access code or a paper questionnaire to be delivered through www.census.gov.uk or by calling 0800 141 2021.

What is the Census?

The Census is a collection of questions about you and the members of your household. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) carry out this once in a decade survey, on behalf of central government to measure the population and demographic statistics of all households across the UK. It provides the most accurate description of the UK population and who we are; out gender, age, race, religion, and where we live. It’s the most comprehensive survey about our society as a whole.

Why should I take part in the Census?

The Census provides national and local government with a comprehensive overview of the people that they represent. In Bromley, the Census data will provide help in deciding on the planning and funding of different services, from schools, hospitals, and housing, to local support groups and charities. During the current coronavirus pandemic, getting a full picture of our population to help us understand their needs is more important than ever.

The census data is also useful for businesses, as it can help decisions on where in Bromley to set up and create new job opportunities. The Census also only comes around once every 10 years, so you won’t have a chance to participate again until 2031.

How do I take part?

Completing the Census will take around 10 minutes, and can be done online on your phone, laptop, computer or tablet.

Whilst we would strongly encourage you to take part online, some households will receive a paper questionnaire and anyone can request one. There are also a number of accessibility options to help you complete the Census. There are translation booklets available for download should you not speak English or Welsh, and you can also complete the Census by talking to an advisor over the phone.

More information about the census and the support available can be found on census.gov.uk or through the ONS contact centre at 0800 141 2021.

Field staff employed by the Office for National Statistics will be contacting households directly that do not respond to the census, but no one will ever ask for payment to help anyone fill in their questionnaire.

Census support centres

Subject to lockdown restriction, Bromley will be hosting a range of in-person support centres across the borough. These will include the Mottingham Community & Learning Shop, the Cotmandene Community Resource Centre, the Bromley Adult Education Colleges and various libraries.

To find out where your nearest census support centre is, please visit: www.census.gov.uk/help/find-a-census-support-centre

From the last Census:

  • There were 309,392 people recorded in Bromley, making us the 6th most populous London borough

  • There were 12,000 more female than male residents, a 52-48% split

  • 120,153 people were married

  • Over 73,000 people worked full-time, with 41,000 people both living and working in Bromley

  • 2,190 of you cycled to work

  • 25,213 Bromley residents were small employers and own account workers

  • 20,095 were under 5 years old, whilst 2,729 were over the age of 90

Census 2021  - could you fulfil a community engagement role?

If you’re ready to help make Census 2021 a reality, come and join the teams working to achieve this. Explore the different roles and locations currently recruiting to find out more and how to apply.