Census Support Service

08 Sep 2020

We’ve got an exciting opportunity for partners to apply for funding to support the delivery of the 2021 Census.

The census takes place every 10 years in the UK - and the next one is due to take place in March 2021. It’s a compulsory survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information collected from the census helps inform local authorities and government about demands for vital public services such as school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision.

Census 2021 will be ‘digital first’ and accessible through an online platform. Good Things Foundation is working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Support Centres who can support people to complete the census both online and offline, ensuring everyone has the chance to complete the census digitally.

We’re looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021. You’ll be required to deliver the service across a set amount of hours each week with the possibility of additional delivery covering evenings, weekends and the census weekend. Census Support Centres will offer face to face support to those who need it, or provide remote support, in areas where COVID-19 restrictions limit the access or availability of a face to face service.

Phase 2 applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 2 October.

You can find more information about the requirements, including what we expect from Census Support Centres here.