Today is the last date for households to complete the census in Scotland, after the conclusion date was increased by 30 days due to poor levels of response.
The data from the census is utilised to help inform the resourcing and strategical planning of public services. If households do not submit the census, they may face prosecution and could be fined up to £1,000.
Based on the latest available data around 86% of households in Scotland have returned the census, over half of those have been through the online website rather than a paper form
Commenting ahead of the census deadline Paul Lowe , the chief executive of National Records of Scotland
“It was great last week to cross the 85% response rate nationally – a major milestone in the census – and to see 25 Local Authorities exceeding their local target of 85%. I want to say a huge thank you to each and every household across the country who has done their bit. “
Appealing directly to those who have yet to complete the census, Lowe added
“My message to those who have yet to complete is: don’t miss out. Don’t regret not taking part. Big decisions about our local communities and our nation as a whole are based on census data. Everyone’s circumstances need to be captured to ensure the best decisions are taken, so please complete now.”
Anyone who has still to complete the census can do so via the website linked here, or by phoning 0800 030 8308 to request a paper form , which will be permitted to be returned for a few days after the deadline so that forms which are posted can be counted in the data analysis.
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