A census counts everybody and describes society. The population’s characteristics are always changing. A census is one of the main ways of accurately measuring change across the whole population.
By knowing how many people live within the borders of England and Wales, individuals, businesses, local authorities and government can plan properly for the future.
The information will help to ensure that the local services that people rely on, such as transport, housing, schools and hospitals, can be provided where they are needed.
The information will also help central and local government to ensure that all areas receive their share when it comes to allocating billions of pounds in public funding over the next ten years.