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Reminder for households selected to take part in follow up survey to Scotland's Census


By Jonathan Clark

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HOUSEHOLDS in Moray who have been selected to take part in a follow up survey for Scotland's Census are being urged to complete it now if they have not already done so.

While the main census for all households is now closed, the census coverage survey (CCS) is underway.

Around 1.5 per cent of those who took part in the census are being encouraged to take part in the follow up survey.

Householders who have been away will have received a note encouraging them to get in touch with their local interviewer.

Pete Whitehouse, NRS Director of Statistical Services, said: “If your household is part of the census coverage survey an interviewer will have visited your home to leave an introduction letter and then returned to try to get you in to conduct a short questionnaire on the doorstep.

“If you’ve been away or busy during the summer holidays, you might have missed their visits. If you find a note or postcard asking you to get in touch please respond.

"The survey only takes 10 minutes and you can also answer the questionnaire over the phone by calling 0800 033 4010 and quoting your reference number. If the interview has missed you on a number of occasions they will leave a paper form for you to fill in.

“It’s really important for those selected to take part on the census coverage survey, it’s an integral part of the census and will help ensure we have the most accurate population estimates possible are available to planners.

"This information is used to plan school places, healthcare services and a wide range of other public and charitable bodies.”

The CCS is a routine part of the modern census and helps organisers, National Records of Scotland, account for under, over or double counting in individual returns. It does this by doing short follow up surveys with 1.5 per cent of households and includes people who already filled in the main census.

Households who have not received any mail or visits can assume they are not one of the households being sampled in the CCS.



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