Following the publication of our Plans for Scotland’s Census 2021, NRS have undertaken further investigation into a limited number of requests which were made for the ethnic group response options to be reviewed and/or additional information to be collected.
We are holding an address check test for communal establishments in the areas of Glasgow City, Dumfries and Galloway and Na h-Eileanan Siar. Your establishment will receive a letter if you are part of this test.
This test will allow us to quality check the address information that we hold for communal establishments, determine how many people are living in each establishment and identify and engage with the manager or person responsible for the establishment.
Officials from National Records of Scotland will appear before the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on the morning of Thursday 12 September to discuss Scotland’s Census 2021. We welcome the opportunity to hear from the Committee and stand ready to deliver a census that is not only fit for this digital century but, most importantly, delivers for all of Scotland.
In 2021, we want to make sure that the census only collects the information that we need from the people of Scotland. We also want to make sure that the questionnaire is easy to complete and takes as little time as possible. With this in mind we would like to introduce some age routing to the questionnaire so that people are only asked questions that are relevant to them. This means for example that the person completing the form will not be asked how well a 2 year old can read English or where a 6 month old baby lived a year ago.
As part of our preparations for Scotland’s Census 2021, NRS plan to undertake a public rehearsal in parts of Scotland later this year.
We are aiming to make the 2021 Census more digital and accessible, available for completion online, as well as on paper. The rehearsal will help us test our systems and process as we get ready for the Census.
We are currently planning for the rehearsal to take place on 13 October 2019. We will be asking people living in parts of Glasgow City and in Dumfries and Galloway, and Na h-Eileanan Siar to help us by taking part.