Why we’re holding a rehearsal

The rehearsal is an important opportunity for us to test the processes, systems and services we’ll need to use for Census 2021.

The census is important to all of us, giving the information needed to plan local services throughout England and Wales. Running a rehearsal will help us make sure Census 2021 is a success.

Where it’s taking place

The rehearsal is taking place within four specific local authority areas across England and Wales. These are:

  • Carlisle
  • Ceredigion
  • Hackney
  • Tower Hamlets

Find out how we chose our rehearsal areas.

What you need to do

If you live in one of these areas, you’ll get a letter from us asking you to take part by filling in an online questionnaire at www.census.gov.uk. The letter will contain a unique access code you can use to access the questionnaire.

Census Rehearsal Day is 13 October 2019, but you can take part as soon as you receive the letter.

Why take part?

It’s important you take part in the census if we ask you to. In doing so, you’ll help us make sure Census 2021 runs smoothly and represents everyone.

Our field staff

Our census field staff will be working in all our rehearsal areas. They’ll be visiting households that have not yet completed the questionnaire to offer support and encouragement to take part.

Find out more

You can find lots more information about the census and the census rehearsal on our census website at www.census.gov.uk.