Scotland’s Census launched on 28 February, it’s the official count of everybody who lives in Scotland. While we all have a legal responsibility to complete the census, you’ll be doing your bit to help shape important services in your community.

Most households across Scotland will by now, have received a letter from National Records of Scotland (NRS) along with information on how to complete the census.

Every household in Scotland must complete the census and for the first time, people are being encouraged to complete the census online if they are able to. This is likely to make it easier and more convenient for people to fill it in, though if you’d prefer you can request a paper copy, since it’s really important that every household is encouraged and empowered to take part.

The census benefits people in Scotland as it helps the Scottish Government and other service providers make decisions about how public money is spent on essential services like schools, roads and healthcare in communities across the country. This includes people that have additional needs, perhaps due to ongoing illness and disability, so it’s an essential process.

Census Day
While Census Day is 20 March, you can complete your census as soon as you receive your letter. Just make sure that all information is correct as of 20 March, as the census provides a snapshot of the nation on this day.

It may well be worth looking over the details when your letter arrives so that you can familiarise yourself with what your options are regarding the support that’s available to help you fill it in.

The website provides additional help on each question, as well as access to alternative formats such as British Sign Language, audio, Braille, easy read and large print – or you could order a paper copy of the questionnaire and ask a carer, friend or family member for help completing the document. Support will also be offered over the phone, through webchat or by email.

Scotland’s Census is a project that works for all of us. ‘Getting the right things out starts with filling it in’.

More support
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