The Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2019

The Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 18 July 2019 and its substantive provisions (section 1) came into force (became law) on 18 September 2019. This confirms that Scotland’s Census can ask voluntary questions on sexual orientation and transgender status and history in the next Census and future censuses.

The full question set containing the final questions to be asked in Scotland’s Census can be viewed on the Question Set page.

To support the introduction of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, which is now the Act, NRS published a range of Impact Assessments which can be viewed below: