Census: Access to flats needs to be given for form deliveries

Management companies need to give census enumerators access to apartment blocks so census forms can be delivered to every home.

The CSO issued the call following feedback from enumerators who are having difficulty accessing apartment buildings. The census takes place on April 24 and, before then, a census form must be hand-delivered to every household in the country, including apartments.

The CSO says hand delivery is essential so it can guarantee every household has a form. It also allows householders ask any questions they have. After the census, forms must be collected by the enumerator to go to the CSO for analysis.

Senior CSO statistician, Deirdre Cullen, said issues with apartment complexes were a particular problem this year: “We are hearing from census enumerators that they cannot gain entry to some gated communities. This was a problem for us during the 2011 census, but it seems to be posing a greater challenge this time around. I am calling on the managers of these developments to co-operate with the census enumerator.”

She said the CSO is aware security is a concern at apartment blocks but stressed enumerators had ID and every household was legally obliged to complete the form: “Residents of apartment blocks are advised to address the issue with the [apartment] manager if they have not yet received their census form. We understand that security is a concern. All census enumerators carry official CSO identification and their identity can be verified by calling 1850 201604.”

Earlier this week the CSO confirmed that homeless people would be included in Census 2016. A Traveller-specific video and information leaflet has also been produced. Pavee Point has Census 2016 information for Travellers and Roma on paveepoint.ie. This is the first time there will be an information video in the Romani language to encourage Roma people to complete the census form and mark their ethnic group on the form.

“This video will help Roma people to understand the importance of the Census and to reassure Roma that the information on the form is totally confidential,” said Gabi Muntean, Pavee Point Roma programme worker.


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