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Census non-compliance

From Monday 6 June, we will write to all addresses in Scotland that have refused to complete the census.

We will advise them that they are at risk of being referred for potential prosecution and may receive a criminal record or fine.

To encourage households to avoid this, we will include a paper questionnaire for them to complete and return. Alternatively, there will also be a code to allow for online completion.

Our online system will close on 12 June and the final deadline for submitting a paper response is 19 June.

Household visits

Our non-compliance team will also visit addresses that we have written to. When they visit, they will always have identification.

They will offer help and support to the household to complete the census to avoid a possible prosecution and fine.

You should only provide a visitor or caller with personal information if you are sure they are from the census.

If the household still does not want to complete the census, our team will record this as a direct refusal. This could result in them being referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for potential prosecution.

If you have already completed

If you have already completed the census but still receive a letter, please don’t worry.

When our team visits, they will be able to double check our system against your address to confirm you have already completed.