About the census : 2019 Rehearsal

In preparation for Census 2021, we at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be holding a census rehearsal in October 2019.

Why we need a rehearsal

The census aims to count everyone in England and Wales, which makes it a pretty big task. No other survey gives as much information about us and our society. Having a rehearsal will help make sure our processes, systems and services are running smoothly. The rehearsal will take place in October 2019. It’s a practice run so we get things right for the real thing.

Where the rehearsal is taking place

We’ve chosen four areas to rehearse the census as together they represent a good cross section of our society. The areas are:

  • Carlisle
  • Ceredigion
  • Hackney
  • Tower Hamlets

What you’ll need to do

If you live in one of the rehearsal areas, we’ll send you a letter if we need you to take part.

It’s important you get involved in the rehearsal. The more people that respond, the better we can make the census in 2021.