About the census : Why should I take part in the Census Rehearsal?

Getting the right information from the census

The census reveals what our society needs now, and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps decide how services are planned and funded in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities. This is why it is so important we get it right. We will be running a census rehearsal this autumn in South & East Belfast, Craigavon and West Fermanagh to test our processes, systems and services before the real census in 2021. It gives us a chance to make sure things go smoothly in 2021 and we ask the right questions, to get the right information to help plan services in your area.

Practice makes perfect

In the build up to 2021, we’re asking people living in our three census rehearsal areas to fill in the census rehearsal questionnaire.

It is really important you take part. The more people who respond, the better information we will have to help us plan the census in 2021.

A successful census in 2021 will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in Northern Ireland. 94% of people responded to the last census, helping each area receive its share of public funding. Without it, it’d be much more difficult to provide your area with the services you need.