Scotland's Census 2021 - Topic Consultation

Closed 15 Jan 2016

Opened 8 Oct 2015

Results updated 20 Sep 2016

We have now published the Scotland's Census 2021 Topic Consultation Report.  This report presents our response to the consultation, updating our initial view on the topics under consideration for the next census.

It provides an overview of the evaluation process we used to assess the responses and summarises the results of the evaluation. It sets out the updated NRS view on the topics to be included in the 2021 Census, including an overview of our plans and intended next steps. We will now work with users and undertake research and small-scale question testing to further inform our decision making. This work will conclude by mid-2018, to allow us to prepare for the census rehearsal in spring 2019.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


National Records of Scotland is already planning the 2021 Census in Scotland and we need your help. To inform our planning, we have launched this public consultation which is open to everyone. We want to know which topics the census should cover.

A lot changes in the 10 years between each census. Our society is constantly evolving and the information our users want from the census also may change. This is why your feedback is so important. You can submit responses until 15 January 2016.

Why your views matter



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What do I need to do?

  • Read through the consultation document – it may be useful to have a copy of this open as you work your way through the questions.  
  • You can respond as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
  • If you are responding on behalf of an organisation - we would prefer one response per organisation, where possible. Please read the guidance note which explains how to do this. If you need further help or advice, please contact us.”
  • You can provide a response to all topics, or just to the individual topic (s) that are relevant to you.
  • Tell us as much as you can about how and why you use census data.
  • Full guidance on completion is available on the contents page.