The census is a complex project that takes many years of organisation and development. The following table explains the project milestones that are crucial to producing and running the census successfully.
The dates for these milestones are based on our current projections and might change as we progress.
|Last publication of Census 2021 articles
|The last in a series of analytical articles giving insight into Census 2021 data is published
|Updated 24 May 2022
|Final release of Census 2021 outputs
|Publish final data from Census 2021 for England and Wales.
|First publication of Census 2021 analysis articles
|The first in a series of analytical articles giving insight into Census 2021 data is published
|Publication of first results
|28 June 2022
|The first results from Census 2021 are published.
|National Statistics accreditation of Census 2021 outputs
|27 June 2022
|Decision by the Office for Statistics Regulation on designation of National Statistics status for Census 2021 outputs
|Update Census 2021 outputs webpages ready for first release
|24 May 2022
|Release plans and product information related to Census 2021 first results is published on website
|Census outputs consultation
|July to October 2021
|Consulting with the public for feedback on our proposals for the design and release of Census 2021 data and analysis.
|Publish draft of the outputs schedule
|We publish a draft timetable of the various outputs of data from the census.⁷
|Census Coverage Survey
|May to June 2021
|We conduct a short survey to find out how many people we have missed and how many people have been counted more than once in the census.
|Census Field Operation
|March to May 2021
|The census field force are deployed to visit people who have not yet responded, to offer help and encourage people to take part.
|Sunday 21 March 2021
|Census letters sent to all households and communal establishments
|February 2021 – Communal establishments, March 2021 – Households
|Start dates for mailing out paper contact materials
|Field force ready for deployment
|All our field force staff complete their training and are ready for deployment
|Census operationally ready
|Everything in place ready to start census collection
|Census end-to-end testing
|November 2020 to January 2021
|The final major testing period for all census collection systems
|Census 2021 webinar series
|November to December 2020
|Sharing our plans and providing opportunities to ask questions and give feedback.⁶
|Operational planning response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
|The potential impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Census 2021 and the design changes and contingency plans made in response.⁵
|Statistical Design for Census 2021
|The end to end statistical design for Census 2021 is published³ alongside a summary overview.⁴
|Census processing and outputs rehearsal evaluation
|An internal evaluation of the processing and output rehearsal
|Census processing and outputs rehearsal
|A test of the processing and outputs channels at scale
|Census Regulations in force
|Delivering the legislative process
|Census Collection rehearsal and evaluation
|A public facing test of the online and paper channels, and field force, at scale. An evaluation of the rehearsal will be published.²
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"*" All dates are subject to change as census work progresses.