Census countdown begins

A New Year Message from Scotland?s Registrar General, Duncan Macniven who is responsible for Scotland?s Census.
A New Year Message from Scotland?s Registrar General, Duncan Macniven who is responsible for Scotland?s Census.

NEXT year every person across the UK will be required to complete the first national census to be held in a decade.

It will register every man, woman and child in the country, where they live, what they do for a living - even what languages they can speak.

Census forms will be delivered to every home in the Falkirk district by March 27.

Planning for the event began in 2004 - just three years after the last census was completed.

Duncan Macniven, Scotland’s Registrar General, is the man in charge of ensuring it all runs smoothly.

He said: “By asking similar questions over the decades we see how we develop as a nation.

“Some questions have been revised and new ones added. For the first time, members of the public will be able to complete the form online.

“A big part of why count everyone every decade is to ensure public money is spent wisely.”

For more information on the 2011 census, visit www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk.