Frequently asked questions about the Census Transformation Programme, and the future provision of population statistics in England and Wales, including the 2021 Census.

What was the Beyond 2011 Programme?

Our population is changing rapidly and the need to understand these changes will continue. Improvements in technology and in government data sources also offer new opportunities.

The Beyond 2011 programme was established in April 2011 to assess the different possible approaches to producing population and housing statistics in the future through a programme of consultation and research. This work culminated in March 2014 with a recommendation from the National Statistician to the government for the future provision of population statistics.

What is the Census Transformation Programme (CTP)?

Since April 2011, the Beyond 2011 programme has assessed the different possible approaches to producing population and housing statistics in future. Following the government's recommendation, the vision for the programme is to make the best use of all available population data to help shape tomorrow, and the role of the Census Transformation Programme will be to take forward the implementation of this vision into the next phase through three major strands of concurrent work.

Strand 1 will look at how to run the 2021 Census data collection operation and its coverage survey. This includes:

  • the address register

  • the field force

  • online and paper data collection

  • public support

  • enumeration of communal establishments

Strand 2 will deal with how we integrate census and administrative and survey data to provide and disseminate census outputs.

Strand 3 will look further ahead, addressing how we produce population statistics beyond the 2021 Census.