The next UK-wide Census is planned to take place in March 2011 and the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) is responsible for conducting Scotland's census. We are rehearsing our arrangements for the next census in Lewis and Harris and west Edinburgh in March 2009. Please explore the links below to find out more.
Scottish Government ministers published proposals for the 2011 Census in December 2008. At the same time, to give more details of its planned approach to delivering the 2011 Census, GROS published an evidence paper and the questionnaire for the March 2009 rehearsal. These documents are available on our Policy and Regulations page.
News releases relating to the 2011 Census.
Every householder is obliged by law to complete a census questionnaire. Because the census is compulsory, people have the right to expect the information they provide is to be kept confidential. Our Confidentiality Statement describes briefly how that is secured.
GROS wish to consult all types of Census Data users prior to the next Census via a series of consultation methods. Explore these pages to find out how you can contribute to the Census Consultation.
The 2006 Census Test helped us test new methods and questions in preparation for 2011.
The Census Rehearsal in 2009 will allow us to finalise data collection methods and questions.
The questions asked in the Census often need to change to reflect Scotlands changing population. We have thought very carefully about the questions which should be asked in the census. Find out about the questions which we plan to include and exclude, on our Question Development page.
Community Liaison is important for running a successful Census.
The Schools Census Project will be developed over the run up to the Census to engage schools with their local communities in an innovative education program.
Find out about the latest Procurement opportunities for the 2011 Census.