Every household in Scotland must complete Scotland’s Census. It’s a legal responsibility and householders are responsible for making sure they respond. Anyone who hasn’t completed the census by the 1st of May could face a fine.
For anyone who has yet to complete it, help and support is available on the website census.gov.scot or via a free helpline on 0800 030 8308.
Guidance is available for every question in English and 16 other languages on the website. An interpretation service covering most languages can be accessed by calling 0800 030 8333. You can also request copies of the guidance in Braille, large print or on audio CD or USB. There are guidance videos in British Sign Language on the key pages of the website and a video relay service offered by contactscotland-bsl.org can be used by BSL users to access advice from the helpline.
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick explained the importance of completing the census. The data collected from it helps in planning for future services in Shetland and Orkney.
Speaking ahead of the May 1 deadline for completing the census, Emma Roddick said:
“The census is the official count of every person and household in the country, takes place every 10 years and it is in the interests of everyone in Shetland and Orkney to complete it accurately and on time.
“The census benefits everyone because it helps the government and other service providers like local councils make important decisions about vital services such as education, healthcare and employment. Completing the census helps officials make better decisions about the things that matter to you.
“By setting aside just a few minutes to answer questions about yourself, your household, and the place where you live, you play a vital role in helping shape important community services in Orkney and Shetland, from the building of new schools and hospitals to improving transport links and understanding health needs.
“So, it is hugely important to play your part to make sure everyone is heard, and everyone’s individual needs are accurately recorded.”
Orkney Islands Council’s Interim Chief Executive, John Mundell, is also urging the people in Orkney to complete their census accurately to help build a reliable picture of the community’s needs.
“Census data is widely used to plan services you rely on – from roads to care homes, schools to hospitals, sporting facilities to housing.
“That is why on behalf of the Council and all our community planning partners I would urge everyone in Orkney to complete their census to the best of their ability and knowledge.