19,000 Households Invited To Participate In Census Rehearsal

Some 19,000 households in South and East Belfast, Craigavon and West Fermanagh have been invited to participate in the Census Rehearsal.

Census Rehearsal Day is being held on Sunday 13 October 2019 and is a small scale version of the full Census being planned for March 2021.

Dr David Marshall, Director of Census and Population Statistics, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) said: "The Census provides a comprehensive picture of our population to help shape public services. The Census Rehearsal, which is taking place over the next few weeks, is a key milestone in planning for the 2021 Census.

"The Rehearsal will allow us to fine-tune planning for the 2021 Census and make sure that everything works as efficiently as possible eighteen months from now.
News Image
"I encourage all those who have received an invitation to take part and complete their questionnaire. The more people who respond, the more information we will have to plan the 2021 Census."

Most householders in rehearsal areas have received a letter with an internet access code to allow them to complete their questionnaire on the Census website. Other householders have received a paper questionnaire which they can complete and return in the pre-paid envelope provided.

Householders may complete their questionnaire in advance of Census Rehearsal Day. If a return is not made by then, householders may be visited by a member of Census field staff. Anyone who wishes to receive a paper questionnaire can obtain one by calling 0800 328 2021 - language support is also available for those who need it.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

10 January 2020
Nora Quoirin: Anger As Death Probe Closes
The Malaysian Attorney General has chosen to take "no further action" over the death of Nora Quoirin, a teenager who died after spending 10 days missing in the Malaysian jungle last August, sparking anger from her heartbroken parents. The vulnerable 15 year-old went missing during a family holiday to Dusun on August 04, 2019.
06 January 2020
Hillary Clinton Appointed QUB Chancellor
Hillary Clinton has been appointed as the new chancellor of Queen's University Belfast. The former US presidential candidate received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2018 and is now its first ever female chancellor.
27 January 2020
NI Pupils Complete Coding Industry Training
Hundreds of primary and secondary school pupils have been given awards for completing an 'invaluable' computer coding programme. Delivered by PwC, the Hive Academy takes pupils through the fundamentals of coding and the cloud-based platforms used in the industry, with classes delivered both in schools or the firm's Google Lab in Belfast.
07 May 2021
Adults Under 40 To Be Offered Choice Of Vaccine Jabs
Adults aged under 40-years-old in Northern Ireland will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. New advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation states that under 40s can be offered the Pfizer vaccine due to a link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab and very rare blood clots.
07 May 2021
Warning Issued After Elderly Residents Targeted By Scammers In East Belfast
The PSNI have issued a warning after a number of elderly residents have been targeted by scammers in east Belfast. On Thursday night, 07 May, police received a high number of calls reporting a certain telephone scam. The person claims to be 'Constable Magill from Strandtown Police Station Fraud Department'.