Topic Groups

As part of the consultation prior to conducting the 2011 Census, we met with a number of people and organisations with specialist knowledge. These meetings helped us understand the needs of both census users and hard to count groups. This page describes some of the groups we met with.

Blind and Partially Sighted

A request for blind and partially sighted people to tell us how they would like to complete the Census questionnaire in 2011.
Blind and Partially Sighted Consultation (10 Feburary 2006) (26 Kb pdf file)

Deaf and Deafblind

We met with representatives of deaf and deafblind organisations, on 31 May 2007 to discuss plans for census topics/ questions and community engagement, for 2011 Census.

Notes of the points raised at the meeting are available below:

Deaf and Deafblind meeting - 31 May 2007 (49 KB portable document format (PDF))


Scottish Government studies and independent surveys have shown that Gypsy/Travellers were undercounted in the 2001 Census. We met with the community and their representatives to develop approaches that made it easier for them to be included in 2011.

Disabled People

We met with representatives from all the major disability organisations working in Scotland to consider improvements to our methods of communication and questions for people with long term impairments.

Other groups

We met with other underenumerated groups such as young males, minority ethnic communities and asylum seekers.