23 Jun 2023
The census is a comprehensive survey for population demographics and insights undertaken every ten
years since its inception in 1801. Administered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in England and
Wales, the census is important to local authorities and is vital to the government and many other public
This information helps a wide range of people and organisations to do their work. NGO’s use the
information to prove unmet need. It also helps local authorities plan and run services (such as schools,
health services, roads and libraries) and decide how to allocate funds to make sure public money gets to
where it is needed most.