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Final days to complete the census

More than 37,500 households have started but not yet submitted their census online according to new figures released by National Records of Scotland today.

Householders who have started their census but not yet submitted are being urged to fulfil their legal responsibility and complete the census before it closes at the end of the month.

Over four out of five households across the country have already completed the census; for those who have yet to do so, help and support is available.

Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture said:

“If you’re among the 37,500 households who have started the census online but have yet to submit it please do it now - we’re counting on you.

“Thank you to the more than four out of five households who have already filled in their census both online and in paper. Every household has a legal responsibility to complete the census but it’s more than that; we have a duty to our families and our communities to take part.

“Census data is at the heart of big decisions on services and infrastructure like schools, hospitals, housing and roads. Filling in the census allows you to have your voice heard and influence decisions that impact your family, your friends and your community.”

Paul Lowe, Chief Executive of NRS, said:

“Time is running out to complete your census. Filling in the census helps us build a complete picture of Scotland’s population - every return really does makes a difference. 

“If you have yet to complete, there is an enormous amount of help and support available for people to fill it in online or on paper.

“We have staff working in communities every day, with 1.4 million address visits undertaken; we’ve had hundreds of thousands of conversations by phone, email and webchat through our contact centre. We also continue to participate in a range of community events up and down the country to reach as many people as possible. But don’t wait for us to come to you: go online or call us if you need help.”

The website is and the helpline number is 0800 030 8308.


Note: Figure of 37,500 is correct at 4am Friday morning 20 May 2022

For further information contact [email protected] or call 0131 202 0418.