Open consultations

28 June – 20 September - Estimating the number of rooms and bedrooms in the 2021 Census: An alternative approach using Valuation Office Agency data – Consultation

Following the 2021 Census Topic Consultation, where it was decided it was not appropriate to continue to ask two questions on the number of rooms and bedrooms to meet a single information need, we made a commitment to explore the use of administrative data from Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to produce estimates for number of rooms. This commitment has been updated to include producing estimates for number of bedrooms. A report on an alternative approach for producing estimates on rooms and bedrooms using VOA data and a consultation to help us understand the impact this change could have on your work is now available. A Welsh translated version of the consultation is also available.

Closed consultations and results

The 2021 Census topic consultation

Latest – 23 May 2016: The 2021 Census – Assessment of initial user requirements on content for England and Wales: Response to consultation.

Our latest consultation (June to August 2015) asked users of census statistics for their views on the topics that the 2021 Census might cover.

Beyond 2011 Consultation

The topic consultation followed on from our extensive research after the 2011 Census into new ways of counting the population. This included a major public consultation in 2013 on the future provision of population statistics, when we proposed two approaches to census taking. This process culminated in a successful recommendation to Government. Full details can be found in our Beyond 2011 Programme archive, including the National Statistician’s recommendation.