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Singapore census to count persons with disabilities for the first time

The latest census exercise kicked off in Singapore with some 150,000 families selected for the national survey. For the first time, data will be collected on persons with disabilities – for the compilation of disability-related statistics, reports The Straits Times.  

Announcing the start of the exercise on Tuesday, the Department of Statistics (DOS) said the census will be taken over a period of six to nine months.

The Census of Population is the largest survey undertaken in Singapore and is conducted once every 10 years to collect information on key characteristics of the population.

The DOS said that the information collected “are important inputs for policy formulation and review, and for planning of programs and services for the community”.

Census exercises are conducted in many countries around the world, and the information collected can also be used for comparative studies.

Some 33,000 of the households will be surveyed via the Manpower Ministry’s Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, which will cover the census questions.

This year’s census will be the sixth after Singapore’s independence in 1965, and the 15th since census-taking started in Singapore in 1871.

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