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.


  1. "*" All dates are subject to change as census work progresses.

  2. 2019 Rehearsal

  3. Statistical design for census 2021, England and Wales

  4. Statistical Design for Census 2021 - Summary Overview

  5. Operational planning response to the coronavirus pandemic for Census 2021

  6. Design for quality on Census 2021 - Webinar series

  7. Our proposed plans for the release of Census 2021 data and analysis

Census milestones across the UK

The National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have published information on their assurance mechanisms, for Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively.