Along with the unseasonably hot weather, you might also notice another unusual feature of the Scottish holiday season this year - the teams of workers who continue to visit households in the Highland council area to collect vital data for the Census Coverage Survey (CCS).
The CCS is the second largest social research exercise in Scotland after the census itself, covering around 1.5% of households nationwide including some in the Highlands.
Taking part in the CCS is important: together with census returns, it helps to provide an accurate estimate of Scotland’s population and the people within it. This information allows the National Records of Scotland (NRS) to produce census data that can be used to plan and deliver the services we all rely on from schools to healthcare, housing and roads.
The survey, which began in June, is being conducted door-to-door by NRS staff carrying identification.
Paul Lowe, Registrar General for Scotland and Chief Executive, NRS said:
“We’re grateful for all residents’ earlier contributions to the census itself. The Census Coverage Survey is a separate but key part of the census programme and ensures a comprehensive and accurate picture of return rates across the country has been recorded.
“Even if you have completed the census, you may still be asked to take part in the coverage survey. It’s really important to participate if asked, as the information you provide has a direct impact on your local community, from the building of new schools and hospitals to improving transport links and understanding health needs.”
CCS staff carry ID and their identity can be checked with a free telephone helpline on 0800 033 4010. They will never ask people for financial information like their bank account details and will not ask for money.
A small number of questions will be asked that can either be answered on the doorstep, by completing a paper form or by speaking to the free helpline.