From today households will be able to complete their 2021 Census which will help shape where essential resources, funding and services will be focused over the next decade.
Census Day is 21 March. For the first time, the Census will be predominantly online and it is expected that the majority of householders will choose to complete their return digitally.
Encouraging everyone to participate, Registrar General Siobhan Carey said: “It is important that everyone takes part in the Census, which provides an accurate picture of the people of Northern Ireland. The Census form is very easy to complete, taking less than 20 minutes per household and the results will help determine funding and services for the next ten years.
“Over the next few days, each household will receive in the post their invitation to take part. This will have an access code to enable the public to complete their census return online atcensus.gov.uk/ni. You don’t have to wait until 21st March, once you receive your Census pack through the post, simply go to census.gov.uk/ni to complete the information for your household. While we would strongly encourage people to complete their Census online, paper forms are still available for those that need one. Our Census teams will be available to advise anyone who needs additional support.”
Emphasising the value of the Census, Siobhan added: “Just like managing our own households,only if you know the characteristics of the population can you make good decisions about the allocation of funds and services. The information gathered in the Census will be used by Government to help plan provision for health, education, transport and so much more.”