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2022 Scottish Census is now live

The 2022 Scottish Census is now live and available to fill out online or in a paper copy, before Census Day which is Sunday, 20th March 2022. All households in Scotland will receive information on how to complete the census in the post with letters arriving from the 28th February 2022, and containing a code for filling in the census.

While Census Day is the 20th March, you can fill in your information as soon as you can. Anyone who lives in a hall of residence, care home or a hostel, should be given instructions on how to take part by the person who manages your accommodation.

Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, said: “Scotland’s Census is unique in asking the whole nation important questions that help us to better understand the future needs of our communities.

“The census helps the Scottish Government, Local Government and other service providers to plan services and make decisions about how public money will be spent on major services in our communities, including schools, roads and hospitals.

“It’s essential we maximise participation and ensure that everyone is heard, and their needs captured.”

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

There will also be some new questions for the 2022 census include use of on British Sign Language (BSL), passports held, sexual orientation, trans status and previous armed forces service history.

By visiting the census website, https://www.census.gov.scot/ you can.

  • Complete the census online
  • Find out more about the census
  • Check who you should include in your census response
  • Get help to answer questions
  • Access guidance and support in other languages
  • Access guidance in accessible formats, such as British Sign Language, audio, braille, and large print
  • Order a paper copy or replacement code to complete online.

Help and support is also available over the phone, through webchat or via email.

Anyone who is unable to complete the census can ask for help from another member of the household or family who is over 16 years old, a carer or someone you trust.

Every household in Scotland must complete a census questionnaire.

More information can be found by visiting – https://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/

The census can be completed at https://www.census.gov.scot/ where more information on how to complete it, what you need to do and about any help and support you might need.

For further help and guidance, you can contact, National Records of Scotland by phone – 0131 202 0451, BSL User can contact – https://contactscotland-bsl.org/deafcallers/. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am until 12pm.

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