Census 2021 Stand Up and Be Counted


The Traveller Movement launched #StandUpAndBeCounted to ensure that Gypsies, Roma and Travellers feel empowered to complete the census and tick the box for their ethnicity so that they can receive more tailored support and services.

Watch a video with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller role models saying why it is important to tick the ethnicity box.

Watch the same video with Romanes subtitles here.

Join us for a free census workshop on March 17th - sign up here


What is the census?

The census will be held on Sunday 21st March 2021 in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland (Scotland has postponed their census). Watch an introductory video from the Office for Nationa Statistics (ONS) here 

It is a survey that takes place every 10 years conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It asks questions about things such as where people live, the religion they practice or how many children they have.

The last census saw the first Gypsy & Irish Traveller tick box introduced and this year’s census will be the first to include a Roma option too.

There are lots of people who may have had negative experiences when disclosing their Gypsy, Roma or Traveller identity however the information that the census gathers cannot be used to identify you. Your personal information cannot be released for 100 years – it cannot impact on the benefits you receive or be given to your GP or local council.

Read about Philomena Mongan’s experience of the census over the years.

Watch a lovely children's video on the importance of the Census by the historian David Olusoga. 

Read here how the census works for people who live on sites, or who are living a nomadic lifestyle. 


Why is it important to fill out the census?

By taking part in the census you will provide information that could lead to improvements for your local community. Government and councils use the census to help decide where to build things like hospitals, Traveller sites and it can help places like businesses decide where to open up places of work.

The information is also useful for organisations like the Traveller Movement because it provides us with evidence to lobby the government in order to increase the number and quality of services available to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

Remember, the data collected in the census cannot be shared with anyone else, it is anonymous and so cannot be used against you. It will not publish your personal information for 100 years, when it will then be made publicly available (for things like doing family trees). Watch a video from people across the country about why it's important for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers to tick the box in this year’s census.


How do you complete the census?


This year’s census is online, but paper copies are still available (in different languages). Watch the Census 2021 video that explains how to fill out the form here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBLA5IKV6_c&t=3s 

If you live on a site or on the roadside you can access our factsheet on how to fill out the census here.

We will be holding a workshop on 17th March 5.30pm-7pm, explaining how to fill in the census. Drop in and have your questions about the census answered by the Traveller Movement and the Office for National Statistics. Sign up here.