Scotland’s census provides valuable data which helps with planning for future services. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was organised differently with an online platform being used. Although paper copies are available, many people had still not filled theirs in – a legal requirement.
Failure to fill in the census can result in a fine of up to £1000.
National Records of Scotland (NRS) which runs the census has offered an extension until the end of May to ensure everyone has the opportunity to complete their return and help shape important services in their community.
After its creation on 1 January 1855, the General Register Office for Scotland became responsible for the census in Scotland. Scotland has run its own census ever since.History of Scotland’s Census
In England and Wales a census took place last year, 2021, and it too had to be extended.
Help and support to complete the census is available on the Scotland’s Census website or via a free helpline 0800 030 8308. Paper forms are also still available on request for those who need them.
Every household in Scotland must complete the census and the answers provide the information needed to make important decisions on funding for services such as education, housing and healthcare.