Glasgow is one of three areas selected for a rehearsal to help National Records of Scotland deliver a successful census in 2021.

The city has been selected to test the collection of the census in a diverse urban environment. Glasgow’s population provides a rich mix of nationalities, cultures and spoken languages.

Around 39,000 households in Cowlairs, Maryhill, Port Dundas, Bridgeton, Carlton, Townhead and the city centre will receive letters with more information about the rehearsal and details on how to participate.

People are being asked to complete the rehearsal census, which is voluntary and can be completed online or by paper, on or around October 13, with a final deadline of November 7.

Paul Lowe, Registrar General and Chief Executive of NRS, said: “The census takes place every 10 years and is a unique count of everyone in Scotland. The results help local authorities, businesses and the government plan a wide range of vital public services, to improve the lives of those living and working in Scotland. The census also becomes part of our history.”