Census Support Service

Good Things Foundation has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales.

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

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We’re working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Support Centres who can support people to complete the census, ensuring everyone has the chance to complete the 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.

In 2021 the census will be ‘digital first’ and Good Things Foundation will provide support to ensure those without skills or access can participate.

We’re looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census online 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.

Phase 2 applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020.

Other useful documents

Application guidance

Census Support Service delivery locations

As one application phase has already taken place, there may be areas in which the Census Support Service will be delivered and sufficient applications have been received. The areas in which we are seeking applications are marked as 'Yes' on the delivery locations list below. Where no volumes have been provided in column E, the service will not be delivered.

If you have any questions regarding the Census Support Service or the application process please contact the Census Support Team: census.support@goodthingsfoundation.org /0114 349 1666