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More help to complete Scotland’s Census as home visits begin in Highlands

By Alan Shields

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More help is on hand for households yet to complete Scotland's Census
More help is on hand for households yet to complete Scotland's Census

People in the Highlands are being offered more help to complete Scotland's Census.

It come as local field teams begin visiting homes who have not yet responded to the national survey.

As of Census Day on March 20 approximately a million households in Scotland still needed to complete their return.

Field teams will visit households to offer guidance and to advise on sources of support.

For those in greatest need of assistance in the Highland region the option to complete their return over the phone will also be offered.

Paul Lowe, Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland (NRS), said: "There is still time to complete your census and we are here to support those who need help.

"Completion of the census is a legal responsibility, and our field teams are there to provide help.

"Our free helpline, 0800 030 8308 also remains available to provide assistance, including for those seeking a paper questionnaire."

"The census only happens every ten years and its results will be important for generations to come.

"By taking a few minutes to answer questions about yourself, your household, and the place where you live, everyone plays a vital role in helping shape important services in your community, from the building of new schools and hospitals to improving transport links and understanding health needs."

Mr Lowe added: "Our field teams will always show formal identification, and respondents can verify their identity by calling the helpline on 0800 030 8308.

"They will be observing all public health guidelines and will not cross the threshold of a residence."

The census asks questions on a range of topics, including the types of accommodation people stay in, household relationships, age, sex, health and employment status.

New questions for the 2022 census include use of British Sign Language (BSL), passports held, previous armed forces history and new voluntary questions on sexual orientation and trans status

A census of the population has been taken every 10 years in Scotland since 1801, with the exception of 1941, because of World War Two and in 2021 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information and to complete the census online, visit census.gov.scot.

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