People in Angus urged to take part in Census Coverage Survey

Published on Thursday 23 June 2022

People in Angus are being encouraged to take part in the next phase of Scotland’s Census.

The Census Coverage Survey (CCS) is the second largest social research exercise in Scotland after the census itself, covering around 1.5% of households including some in Angus. It is run by National Records of Scotland and, together with census data, it helps to provide an accurate estimate of Scotland’s population and the people within it.

The survey is being conducted door-to-door by staff carrying identification.

Margo Williamson, Chief Executive of Angus Council said: “The Census Coverage Survey is an important part of the census process and I would ask people to take part if they are invited to do so. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and any personal information you provide is kept confidential.”

The CCS is a standard feature of modern census operations having been used in Scotland in the last two censuses.

Paul Lowe, Registrar General for Scotland and Chief Executive, National Records of Scotland said: “The Census Coverage Survey is a key part of the census programme and ensures a comprehensive and accurate picture of return rates across the country has been recorded. This allows us to produce census data which can be used to plan and deliver the services we all rely on from schools to healthcare, housing and roads.

“Even if you have completed the census, you may still be asked to take part in the coverage survey. By doing so, you are supporting the census to deliver its many benefits for service planning in Scotland. Please participate if asked to take part.”

CCS staff will 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 provided on the doorstep, by completing a paper form or by speaking to the free helpline.