More than three quarters (76%) of households in Paisley and the surrounding towns have completed the census, according to figures published by National Records of Scotland today.

Householders across Scotland have a legal responsibility to fill in the census by the end of May and failure to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.

National Records of Scotland is appealing to people in Paisley, Johnston and Linwood to make sure their voices are heard and their needs captured. The local rate is behind the national figure where eight out of ten households have now filled in the census.

Help and support is available to those who have yet to complete the census at or via the free helpline 0800 030 8308. Paper forms are also still available on request for those who need them.

Paul Lowe, NRS Chief Executive, said: “Thank you to the 2.1 million households across the country who have already filled in their census. By doing so they have helped to shape important services in their community.

“For those who have yet to complete the census, I would urge you to act now. The census is an important way of understanding how the population and its needs are changing over time. We’re counting on people across Scotland to fill in their census so we have a full understanding of who lives in Scotland and what they need.”

The 2022 census will benefit Scotland for many years; it asks questions on a range of topics, including the types of accommodation people stay in, household relationships, age, sex, health and employment status.

New questions for the 2022 census include use of British Sign Language (BSL), passports held, previous armed forces history and new voluntary questions on sexual orientation and trans status.