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June 2018, census questions research

BMG Research is currently conducting a large-scale survey on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is to inform the development of potential questions for the 2021 Census questionnaire.

A total of 30,000 households have been randomly selected to take part in the survey.

BMG Research is an independent research agency who we’ve contracted to do the research.

Households asked to take part in the survey can respond between 18 June 2018 and 6 August 2018.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact BMG Research by email at or by phone on 0121 260 1013.

13 December 2017, 2021 Census topic research report

This report provides an update of our research and testing on questions and topics for the 2021 Census.

July 2017, 2021 Census Roadshow slides

In July 2017, we updated users on our progress towards designing the 2021 Census questionnaire with a series of roadshow events in Birmingham, Cardiff, London and Newcastle. For an up-to-date view, see the 2021 Census topic research report.

The Opening slides from the roadshow sessions include information on the agenda and background.

Our topic slides provide information as presented at the roadshows:

The Closing slides from the roadshow sessions are also available and include information on next steps.

Our Current assessment slides provide information on our assessment of census topics as presented at the roadshows.

We also produced a number of posters from the census roadshows, giving updates on the following questions:

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

This report presents our full response to the consultation, updating our initial view on 2021 Census content for England and Wales.

The report provides an overview of the evaluation process we used to assess the responses and summarises the results of the evaluation. It sets out our updated view on the topics to be included in the 2021 Census, including a summary of proposals for new topics, next steps and an overview of our plans.


In 2015, we had the biggest-ever public consultation response to topics that should be included in the 2021 Census. Most of the topics being considered for inclusion were decided by evaluating responses to this consultation. We’re still considering how, or whether, to meet user need for information on some topics, for example, the proposed new topics of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Further question development work is being carried out before our recommendations inform a government White Paper in 2018.