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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.

Info 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.  

Information from the census is used to make important decisions about the health service, housing, schools, employment and transport. 

NRS would like to make sure that the 2021 Census questions are as easy as possible to complete. 

DocumentwithrosetteWhy 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. We promise to keep your information confidential and use it for statistical purposes only. 

Mouse_IconWhat’s involved?

As the next census will be conducted primarily online, we are inviting you to take part in a quick 'test' online questionnaire, which will take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. This is your chance to tell us what you think.

ComputerOnline survey

You will have already received a letter that includes a web address and four unique access codes, which up to four members of your household can use to access the survey online. 

HomeHow many people should fill out the questionnaire in my household?

In order to get a representative spread of views, we are asking for responses from up to four adults per household. 

Multiple Speech Bubbles What will you ask me about?

The survey will include some questions about your household, and others about you as an individual. It will cover topics such as your education, how you travel to your main place of work or study and what languages you speak. 

Some of the questions are being considered for the first time and we'll be asking you what you think of them. 

Question MarkDo I have to answer all the questions?

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. 

Envelope (1) Postal questionnaire

If you would prefer to fill out the questionnaire on paper and post it back to us, you can request a paper copy by phone on 0808 168 1356, or email at

PadlockHow will you deal with my personal information?

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998. You can find out more about our credentials and who we are and how we protect your personal information

Community Why have I been selected to take part?

Your household has been randomly selected from the Royal Mail’s publicly available list of residential addresses in the UK.

It is important to have random selection, so that the results reflect the experiences and views of the whole population. 

Info Where can I find out more?

For anything not covered on here, please call 0808 168 1356 or email

One our staff will get back to you to answer your query as soon as possible.