Scotland’s Census 2022 Update: Returns from 78.6% of Stirling Households 


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Help Available to Fulfil Legal Responsibility

New figures published by National Records Scotland show Stirling’s return rate of Scotland’s Census 2022 currently stands at 78.6%, far below the 85% Local Authority response rate target. 

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 or via our free helpline on 0800 030 8308. 

Alyn Smith 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 Stirling will continue to complete the census before the May 1st deadline, and fulfil their civic and legal responsibilities.’ 

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘By setting aside just a few minutes to answer questions about yourself, your household, and the place where you live, you’re helping to shape important community services right across the Stirling Council area. Play your part to make sure everyone is heard, and everyone’s individual needs are accurately recorded.’


Guidance is available for every question in English and 16 other languages on the website. An interpretation service covering most languages can be accessed by calling 0800 030 8333. You can also request copies of the guidance in Braille, large print or on audio CD or USB. There are guidance videos in British Sign Language on the key pages of the website and a video relay service offered by can be used by BSL users to access advice from the helpline.