Census Scam

Watch Out For Bogus Callers

Sadly there will always be people who will use something like the forthcoming Census 2021 event as an opportunity to scam others, in particularly targeting the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Everybody needs to be aware of the following:-

Census 2021 & Home Visits

census 2021 logoThe Office for National Statistics will shortly be carrying out the Census 2021 across England and Wales. Census Day is Sunday 21st March. After this day, in our area, census officers will be:

  • knocking on doors following up non-responders
  • helping the public with queries

From 22nd March 2021, field census officers will be working across England and Wales. The Census Office has recruited around 29000 members of staff to carry out home visits.  All census officers will be carrying official identification cards. The card will have a photograph and the officer’s name. The officers will work through the day to make contact with residents but will not call before 09:00 or after 20:00.

census id card

If you are concerned that the person on your doorstep is not a census officer, you can call the number on the critical workers letter that the officer can show them.

Census officers will never ask for any money or bank details at any point during the conversation with respondents. 

Home Visits & Covid-19 Protection

Our staff in the field are classed as key workers. The law allows that where there is a lockdown people can leave their home for work if they cannot work from home. As their role cannot be carried out by working from home, they are allowed to carry out the duties of their role.

The health and safety of the public and the census field force is of the utmost importance to us. Field force routines in Census 2021 have been planned with the health and safety of both the public and field staff front and centre. All our officers will work in a socially distanced way; they will all be wearing PPE and they will not enter anyone’s home.

The Office for National Statistics has several important studies and surveys continuing alongside the census. It is, therefore, possible that an address will be visited by staff working on other surveys too.

Find Out More

More information is also available at www.census.gov.uk,

The full version of this notice is available on the Government Delivery web site.


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