Planning Scotland's Census

In this section you can find out more about planning Scotland’s 2011 Census, ranging from the government legislation which initially empowers us to take a census, to the extensive consultation that we undertook as part of our preparatory work, to our co-ordination and co-operation with the rest of the UK, and the complexities of processing the results.

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Planning has begun for Scotland’s Census 2021 and will build on the success of the census in 2011. It will be designed and managed in Scotland, to best meet the needs of its users. Further information on the planning for 2021 can be found on Scotland's Census 2021 page