Near perfect Census response rate in Borders

AS the response to Scotland’s Census looks set to match that of the last census, people are reminded that they risk a fine of up to £1,000 if they don’t take part.

One month on from census day the estimated response rate has reached 96 per cent- a similar response rate to Scotland’s last census in 2001.

The rate for the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Midlothian currently stands at 99 per cent and the minority of people still to return their questionnaires are urged to do so now as non-compliance officers begin visiting households who have refused to take part.

Warning letters have already been sent to around 400 addresses across Scotland.

Census director Peter Scrimgeour said: “An estimated response of 96 per cent one month on from census day is very positive, but we continue to accept late questionnaires.

“The census supports the planning and funding of future services.

“It’s statistical results will give the most reliable picture of the whole of Scotland. It is important that we are all included, which is why there is a legal requirement for everyone to fill in the questionnaire.

Urging those Borderers yet to complete their forms to do so, chief executive of Scottish Borders Council, David Hume commented: “I would encourage local residents to complete their census questionnaires.

“It is absolutely essential when planning services in the Borders, including Borders transport and environmental needs.”

Chief executive of East Lothian Council, Alan Blackie, said: “The census results directly affect the future portion East Lothian receives of the financial resources available to the Scottish Government.

“It’s very important that if you know of anyone who has been missed out of the census you should let us know, as our future funding impacts on everyone within the county.”