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  • Taking part in the 2022 census

    Created: 16/02/2022, Updated: 17/02/2022

    Scotland’s Census is the official count of every person and household in the country.

    It usually takes place every 10 years. The census asks questions about people’s age, sex, home and living situation, employment, education and qualifications, as well as ethnicity. Every household in Scotland must complete the census and by doing so are helping to shape Scotland’s future.

    Completing the census is important because the answers provide the Scottish Government, and many other service providers with the data they need to make important decisions that affect people’s lives and their communities. These decisions include how money will be spent on important services like education, housing, healthcare, roads and railways, and so much more.

    From the end of February, households will begin to receive a letter with instructions on how to complete their census online.

    Census Day is 20 March but you can fill it in as soon as you receive your letter. Just make sure you answer questions with information that will be correct on 20 March to ensure that the Scottish Government has a snapshot of the nation on this day.

    Go to or call the free helpline on 0800 030 8308 for help and guidance on the questions, or if you need support to fill it in.

    National Records Scotland (NRS) is hosting a variety of roadshows across Scotland to create awareness of the census and answer any questions citizens may have.  

    At 09:00 - 17:00 on 07 March 2022, staff from the NRS and its Community Engagement Team will be available to discuss the census with Fifers at the Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes. The team will answer any questions you might have and signpost you to where you can get support to help complete the census if you face barriers.

    If you need any further information about these events please feel free to reach out to the Community Engagement Team – Heather Woods ([email protected]), Aisha Rehman ([email protected]), and Paul Hyland ([email protected]).

    Census statistics are essential to third sector organisations to understand the local communities they are working in - demographics, ethnicity, languages, household structures, education etc. Organisation can also use census statistics to give weight to their funding applications.

    The Scottish Government has created a toolkit and supporting assets to support you as you engage with your own communities, groups, partners and service users about the census. The toolkit has lots of information about the census, as well as advertising, social media and other promotional materials you can download and share. 

    Additionally, the Scottish Government is holding sessions to give you a live demo of the online census completion website, information on the toolkit and supporting assets and the help and support available to enable people to complete the census. Each session will take place from 11:00 - 12:00 on:

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