National Records of Scotland officials appeared before the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on 9 January 2020 to discuss matters related to Scotland’s Census 2021. We welcomed the opportunity to hear from the Committee and stand ready to deliver a census that is not only fit for this digital century, but most importantly, delivers for all of Scotland.
National Records of Scotland has considered all of the evidence relating to the sex question and accompanying guidance. NRS continue to recommend a binary sex question with self-identification guidance for the 2021 Census. The NRS Recommendation Report can be found here.
The full ScotCen report referenced within this report can be found here.
About 72,000 households invited to take part.
People in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow and Na h-Eileanan Siar have one week to take part in the census rehearsal.
Around 72,000 households in those areas received a letter this month with information about the rehearsal and details on how to participate. This week they received another letter, reminding them that they still have until Thursday 7 November to complete their census rehearsal questionnaire.
Three areas of Scotland have been selected for a rehearsal to help National Records of Scotland deliver a successful census in 2021.
NRS has committed to carrying out further testing around the sex question and guidance. We have asked ScotCen Social Research to conduct a survey to test questions that may be included in Scotland’s Census 2021. The aim of the survey is to see whether these questions are acceptable, easy to complete and produce reliable data.