Scotland's Census 2022: equality impact assessment - version 3

This equality impact assessment (EQIA) supersedes the previous version from January 2020 and reflects the date of the census being moved from 2021 to 2022.

Future iterations of the Scotland’s Census 2022 equality impact assessment can be found on the Scotland’s Census website at alongside a range of other impact assessments.

1. Executive Summary

Scotland's Census 2022 is the official count of every person and household in Scotland. It is a unique survey in that it affects the whole of Scotland's population and there is a legal requirement to participate. This Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) presents evidence on the most significant potential impacts of the plans for Scotland's Census 2022 on equality groups in Scotland, recognising the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. For example, Scotland's Census 2022 will be predominantly online and it is recognised that this change in practice from 2011 may impact on particular groups of the population. This Equality Impact Assessment identifies those impacts and the activity undertaken to mitigate any potential negative impacts.

Scotland is a diverse nation and stakeholders representing a range of interests have been fundamental to shaping Scotland's Census 2022. In preparing this Equality Impact Assessment we have gathered evidence from a wide range of sources including those of stakeholders as well as our own and others' experience of previous censuses. NRS held a series of stakeholder feedback sessions and conducted an online stakeholder survey to obtain feedback on the draft assessments. A report on the outcome of this period of consultation is published on the Scotland's Census website.

This document is one of eight impact assessments prepared for Scotland's Census 2022. Others include:

  • Human Rights Impact Assessment
  • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment
  • Data Protection Impact Assessment
  • Island Communities Impact Assessment
  • Fairer Scotland Duty Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Business Regulatory Impact Assessment.

Assessment of the impacts of Scotland's Census 2022 is an ongoing process, which will continue up to Census Day on 20th March 2022 and beyond.



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