New figures published by National Records Scotland show Aberdeen City’s return rate of Scotland’s Census 2022 currently stands at 74.8%, far below the 85% Local Authority response rate target. The Aberdeenshire response rate is currently 82.2%.
The census is the official count of every person and household in Scotland and takes place every 10 years. Information gathered benefits communities across the nation, as it helps the government and other service providers make important decisions about vital services such as education, healthcare and employment.
Every household in Scotland must complete Scotland's Census. It’s a legal responsibility and householders are responsible for making sure they respond. Anyone who hasn’t completed the census by the 1st of May could face a fine.
For anyone who has yet to complete it, help and support is available on the website www.census.gov.scot or via our free helpline on 0800 030 8308.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“The census provides important information to policy makers to help plan the delivery of public services in our communities, ranging from the building of new schools and hospitals to improving transport links and understanding health needs.
“The process is quick and accessible, with plenty of support available to ensure everyone can participate. I’m sure the people of the North-east will continue to complete the census before the May 1st deadline and fulfil their civic and legal responsibilities.’
“I would urge everyone to play their part to make sure everyone is heard, and everyone’s individual needs are accurately recorded.”