The success of the next census will rely on a comprehensive understanding of user needs and concerns, as well as the support and participation of the general public. To support this, we will formally consult from time to time and details will be provided below.

Open consultations

There are no formal consultations currently open. If you want to find out more, you can find our contact details from the Get Involved section.

Closed consultations and results

Topic Consultation

This consultation ran between 8 October 2015 and 15 January 2016 and sought views on the topics that users felt should be included in the next census. We also held events in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in November 2015 to support the consultation. Slides used at support events are available to view.

The Topic Consultation Report (published 15 August 2016) provides further information outlining our response and intended next steps.

The consultation was conducted using Citizen Space and a variety of supporting documents from the consultation are available below:

Background and Research on Scotland's Census 2021

The decision to plan for a census in 2021 followed an extensive programme of research and consultation on the future provision of population and socio-demographic statistics in Scotland. You can find more information in the Background and Research section.