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It’s Census Rehearsal Day

Chris Kolek census engagement manager

People across Carlisle are being asked to fill out their census rehearsal questionnaire this weekend to reflect their household on Sunday October 13th.

If you have not yet taken part, now is the time to find your invitation letter and go online or fill out the paper form.

Thousands of people across Carlisle have already completed the questions to help the Office for National Statistics test the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the 2021 Census.

“I want to thank everyone in Carlisle who has already completed their questionnaire – we’ve had a great response so far,” deputy national statistician Iain Bell said.

“Census day is on Sunday, so if you haven’t already, please fill in your form. It takes just 20 minutes and you’ll be helping us make sure everything is working as it should ahead of the next census in 2021.”

Completing the census is easy. Households can do it on a computer, phone or tablet and the Office for National Statistics has people ready to help those who need support. If people want to respond on a paper questionnaire, they can. Individual forms are also available on request.

For face-to-face assistance completing the census questionnaire online, visit Carlisle Library, at The Lanes Shopping Centre, from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and also this Saturday, 9.30am to 3.30pm. At People First Cumbria, in Milbourne Street, it is available from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

In the next few days census field staff will be out following up with households who have not yet responded.

The more people who respond now in Carlisle, the more accurate information the ONS will have to plan for the success of the national event which helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision.

A range of accessible support is available for members of the public at census.gov.uk. People can also call 0800 141 2021, text 86677 or tweet @census2021help. An interpretation service is also available on 0800 587 2021.

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