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83% have completed the census in Dumfries

17% of households have until the end of May, or they'll face a hefty fine

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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
83% have completed the census in Dumfries

NATIONAL Records of Scotland have announced that 83% of households in Dumfries have completed the census.

The organisation is appealing to the remaining 17% that have yet to submit the census to do so before the end of May, or else face a fine of £1,000.

Last week the NRS confirmed that the local community had hit the 80% threshold. The census asks questions on a range of topics such as age, sex, health, employment status and household relationships.

New questions added within the 2022 Scottish census include the use of British sign language, passports held, previous armed forces history, and voluntary questions such as sexual orientation and trans status.

The deadline of the census was pushed to may last month due to the lack of households completing the questionnaire.

The Chief Executive of the NRS Paul Lower has expressed his thanks to the households that have already submitted the questionnaire.

He said: “Thank you to the 2.1 million households across the country who have already filled in the census. By doing so they have helped to shape important services in their community.

“For those who have yet to complete the census, I would urge you to act now. The census is an important way of understanding how the population and its needs are changing over time. We’re counting on people across Scotland to fill in their census so we have a full understanding of who lives in Scotland and what they need.”

Help and support is available for those who have yet to complete the census at www.census.gov.scot, or via the free helpline on 0800 030 8308. Paper forms are also still available on request for those that need them.

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