2021 United Kingdom census
On 21 March 2021, the decennial 2021 censuses of England and Wales and of Northern Ireland took place. The census of Scotland is planned to take place in 2022. The censuses were administered by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in England and Wales, by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) in Northern Ireland, and by the National Records of Scotland in Scotland. These were the first British censuses for which most of the data was gathered online, and two of them went ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in part because the information obtained will assist government and public understanding of the pandemic's impact. Enumeration in Scotland was postponed, and is planned to take place in 2022, the plans for it having been delayed because of the pandemic.
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The censuses in 2021 and 2022 come off the back of Beyond 2011, a project by the UK Statistics Authority to assess the value, cost, and alternatives to a census in 2021. The project recommended a census in 2021, and amongst others, suggested it be run online.