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.
Update on Scotland’s Census 2021 – Sex question development
After careful consideration, reflecting on the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee recommendation, stakeholder evidence during Stage 1 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, and the approach being taken in censuses for the rest of the UK, National Records of Scotland (NRS) now propose to continue with a binary sex question in Scotland’s 2021 Census.
NRS scores on quality of products and services - Customer Survey results
The results of the first large-scale National Records of Scotland (NRS) customer survey have been published today.
The online survey covered the majority of NRS public services and websites and all communication channels. It received 800 responses in total, ranging from ScotlandsPeople to Statistics customers.
Key findings include: