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Nwicker60
29-Apr-11, 08:49
Fines could be imposed on those who haven't filled out their forms


AS the response to Scotlandís 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 donít take part.
One month on from census day (March 27) the estimated response rate has reached 96 per cent Ė a similar response rate to Scotlandís last census in 2001.
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.
Census Director Peter Scrimgeour said: ďAn estimated response of 96 per cent one month on from census day is very positive, but we continue to accept late questionnaires.
ďThe census supports the planning and funding of future services. Itís 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.
ďTo householders who have yet to complete and return their questionnaires, I stress the importance of acting straight away, to avoid the risk of a fine. We sent around 200 warning letters shortly after census day and half of these households have already either returned their questionnaires or asked our helpline for a replacement. We have issued a further 200 letters in the last fortnight.
ďWe realise that people are busy and appreciate reminders about the census. This is the last moment to act, before members of our non-compliance team start knocking on doors.Ē
Census questionnaires have been returned to Scotland worldwide coming from Europe, Asia and online, via smart phones (Blackberry and iPhone) and even game consoles, such as the Nintendo Wii.
The estimated response rate is based on returns received at Monday 25 April with thousands more questionnaires still arriving on a daily basis. The returns by census region so far are:
Aberdeen City
95

Aberdeenshire and Moray
99

Argyll and Bute
94

Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire
100

Dundee and Angus
95

East and North Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire
98

East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and Stirling
98

Edinburgh (two census regions)
93

Eilean Siar
95

Falkirk and West Lothian
98

Fife
97

Glasgow (three census regions)
91

Highland
97

North Lanarkshire
98

Orkney and Shetland
100

Perth, Kinross and Clackmannanshire
99

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde
96

Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Midlothian
99

South Lanarkshire
98

Scotland total
96