Ignoring this 2021 Census form could cost you a £1,000 fine - as households are urged to fill it in

Census 2021 form
(Image credit: Alamy)

Ignoring this 2021 Census form could cost you a £1,000 fine - as households are urged to fill it in.

Households are being warned not to ignore the 2021 Census form when it arrives through their letterbox as they could be fined £1,000.

Letters are being sent to every property in England and Wales with a unique code for households to fill out their survey - only one person needs to fill the form in per home.

The survey can be either filled in via an online form or by postal survey and it must be completed BEFORE Census Day on March 21, 2021. 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. And supplying incorrect information is also a criminal offence, so make sure your answers are accurate.

A photo posted by on

Anyone living in Scotland will have their census take place next year in 2022.

The census is a questionnaire about your household and its questions will cover topics such as who you live with, the type of property you live in, and your employment status - even if you are on the extended Furlough scheme.

And unlike previous years, this years' questionnaire will feature an additional question, a spokesperson for Census 2021 said, 'Stand up and be counted. This year, for the first time ever we are asking whether you have served in the armed forces so we can inform charities and local authorities where to place valuable resources for our veterans.'

Any students who are not currently staying at their term-time address due to lockdown are advised to find out more on the Census 2021 website so they can register for a code to complete their form online instead.

A photo posted by on

Renters are advised that they will still need to complete the form for the property they live in, so keep an eye out for the form dropping on your doormat.

A spokesman for money.co.uk said, "The last thing anyone needs right now is a £1,000 fine landing on their doormat.

“I would urge everyone to ensure that they fill in and submit their census form within the deadline to avoid having to pay a penalty.

“It should only take 10 minutes a person, with another 10 to cover the ‘household’ section.”

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)