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In Home Help to Complete the Census Coming to Highland Perthshire

The Scottish Census is coming to homes in Highland Perthshire to help local people complete the survey.

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.

Now, local field teams are coming to Perth and Kinross to visit houses which haven’t completed the census.

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.

“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.”

 So far Census letters have been issued to more than 2.7 million households representing 5.5 million people.

Paul Lowe added: “We ask people to be mindful that during the Census, it is likely that scams purporting to represent the census may increase.

“We will never ask you for money or personal financial information. So if someone does ask you for these, you can be sure it is a scam. If you receive anything suspicious that claims to be from the census, contact us. More guidance is available on our website at www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/taking-part-in-the-2022-census/census-fraud/.”

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