This Saturday (Saturday, 30th of April) is the final deadline for Scots to submit their census papers, with submissions closing on Sunday, May 1st.
Anyone who fails to complete the census by the deadline could face a fine of £1,000 and a criminal record.
So far, only 78.2% of people living in Perth and Kinross have completed the census so far, meaning many local people could face repercussions for not submitting their papers.
Pete Whitehouse, senior statistician at the National Record of Scotland, explained: “We know that just over three quarters of all households across Perth and Kinross have completed their census return either online or having sent in a paper form. And we say, thank you very much to doing that. But every household in Perth and Kinross and around that area needs to respond.
“The responsibility to fill in your census is a legal responsibility. So please go onto our website census.gov dot scot, or go to our free helpline at 0 800 0 3 0 8 3 0 8. If you need help or support.”
Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture said: “I want to thank the two million households who have already completed the census and met their legal responsibility. But as we enter the final week many returns remain outstanding. For the census to be effective in delivering its many benefits for future public services, it is vital that we secure a higher response rate and one that reflects the diversity of our communities.
“Today we are calling on all of our communities and organisations to come together and to redouble their efforts to encourage participation. It’s absolutely essential that every householder in Scotland completes the census.”
Glasgow City has the lowest number of people in Scotland who have submitted their census forums with 65.5% of Glaswegians completing their papers, whereas Aberdeenshire has the highest at 82.2% of Aberdonians completing theirs.
National Records of Scotland Chief Executive Paul Lowe added: “Time is running out to get your completed census return in by 01 May. It only takes a matter of minutes to complete online, or you can fill it out on paper. Thank you to everyone that has submitted their response so far. I urge anyone who hasn’t submitted their census return to do so immediately; not only are you helping your community but it is also a legal responsibility.
“With only six days to go, we are still here to help and support those who need it. Further information can be found on our website census.gov.scot or through our free helpline 0800 030 8308. Paper forms are still available on request for those who need them.”
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.