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Planning for Scotland’s Census 2021

We have selected your address to take part in a short questionnaire, to help National Records of Scotland (NRS) prepare for Scotland’s Census 2021. The census plays a vital role in shaping Scotland's future. This is your chance to help us get things right.

Help shape Scotland’s Census 2021

To help National Records of Scotland (NRS) prepare for Scotland’s Census 2021, your address has been selected at random to take part in a short survey. The census plays a vital role in shaping Scotland's future. This is your chance to help us get things right, by testing potential questions and guidance that may be included.

About Planning for Scotland’s Census 2021

Planning for Scotland’s Census 2021 is already underway. Every ten years, everyone living in Scotland is asked to take part in the census. This is an official count of everyone in Scotland. The census asks about who lives at your address, how old they are, and some other information about your household and the people who live there. 

NRS would like to make sure that the 2021 Census questions are fit for purpose. If you would like to read more about the work being done to prepare for Scotland’s Census 2021 please visit this website: www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/consultation-2021

Why take part?

The census is used to plan everything from health services and our schools, to roads and railways, so your contribution is very important. Your information will be kept confidentially and used only for statistical purposes.

What’s involved?

We are inviting adults at your address to take part in a short questionnaire online or on paper, which will take around 5 minutes to complete.

Completing the online survey

You will have already received a letter that includes a web link and four unique access codes. Type the web address into the address bar of your web browser to access the survey. Once on the survey website you will be asked to enter a unique access code. Up to four adults (aged 16 and over) in your household can use any of the four access codes to complete the survey online.

Access codes are individually assigned, so everyone accessing the survey should use a different one.

Do I have to answer all the questions?

No. If you prefer not to answer a particular question you can leave it blank but please do complete the rest of the questionnaire. Taking part is voluntary but we do hope you will help. Don’t worry – you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to, you can just skip on to the next one at any point.

Postal questionnaire

If you would prefer to fill out the questionnaire on paper you can request a paper copy by phone on 0800 652 0501, or email at scotlandscensus@scotcen.org.uk. We will also supply a prepaid return envelope.

How will you deal with my personal information?

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 2018. For more detail, please read our Privacy Notice at: http://www.scotcen.org.uk/census-privacy

Why have I been selected to take part?

The address of your household has been selected, not you as an individual. Your household has been selected at random from the Royal Mail’s publicly available list of residential addresses in the UK. It is important to have a random selection, so that the results reflect the experiences and views of the whole population.