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Householders across Scotland are being offered a short extension until the end of May to complete their census ensuring everyone has the opportunity to complete their return and help shape important services in their community.

The extension allows outstanding online and paper questionnaires to be submitted over a further four week period. This includes around 68,000 households who have begun their census returns online but have not yet been completed and a similar number of requested paper forms that have yet to be returned.

Information collected informs how services are delivered and how public money is invested in the nation’s schools, transport, hospitals like ours, care services and more. Census data will be used extensively across the public, private and third sectors.

It is worth noting that it is a legal responsibility for every household to complete their census (including second home owners and students), and anyone who doesn’t complete the census could face a fine.

  • For those wishing to complete their census questionnaire online, they now have until the end of May 2022.
  • The contact centre will continue to provide support to people and they can be contacted on 0800 030 8308.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions and additional information can be found via the help and support page
  • If you have any questions that you would like to ask us, please get in touch at [email protected]