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Scots Given Extension to Submit Census

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The National Records of Scotland (NRS) are giving an extension to Scots to complete their census forums since a significant number are still to do so.

Nearly a quarter of households across Scotland are still yet to complete the census, with around about 78% of people living in Perth and Kinross have completed the census so far.

Now, local people living in Highland Perthshire and the rest of Scotland have until the Tuesday, May 31st, to fill in and submit their census returns.

National Records of Scotland Chief Executive Paul Lowe added: “With the 1st May deadline approaching we are continuing to receive a high volume of census returns both online and in paper and each day our contact centre is continuing to support many householders keen to submit their returns. We want to maximise this ongoing enthusiasm and support from across the nation to complete the census and so have put in place a short extension to ensure everyone’s return counts.

“Help and support to complete your census is available on our website census.gov.scot or via our free helpline 0800 030 8308. Paper forms are also still available on request for those who need them.”

Around 68,000 households have begun their census returns online but have not yet been completed and a similar number of requested paper forms have yet to be returned.

Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture said: “We have now seen well over two million household returns across Scotland and I want to say a huge thank you to those who have done so. However, it’s essential we maximise participation and ensure that everyone is heard and their needs captured.

“That is why the census completion site will be left open, support will remain in place and NRS will continue to accept paper returns for this short extension period. We know that there are many people who have begun the census online but haven’t completed it, and that thousands of others have requested a paper copy but haven’t yet returned it.

“It is vital that we secure as high a response rate as possible so that the census can be effective in delivering its many benefits for future public services. For anyone that hasn’t completed their census, I would urge them to act now.”

Every household is legally required to complete their returns and people living in Scotland are reminded that failing to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.

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

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