Making Census 2011 count for carers
When Scotland’s biggest population survey, the census, takes place on Sunday 27 March 2011, carers will have a key contribution to make to ensure they receive the support they require in the future.
The Census counts everyone. It asks the questions that help the government, local authorities and businesses to target billions of pounds worth of public services, including health, housing and transport. It is very likely that the results will directly contribute to decisions that affect services which you, or the person you care for, use.
Scotland’s Census organiser, the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) will employ census takers (enumerators) who will deliver the questionnaires, from 7 March up to census day, and who can also assist people. All census takers have been security checked and will carry photographic ID.
Remember to complete Question 9 on carers
Most of the questions on the Census form are multiple choice and can be answered simply by ticking a box. In Question 9, you will be asked if you are a carer and how many hours of care you provide a week - this is the only carer question and it is very important that all carers complete it by ticking the appropriate box and hours of care provided.
For more information on the Census visit www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk. You can also contact the Helpline or use the textphone service from 7 March 2011.
Helpline: 0300 123 1702
Textphone:18001 0300 123 1703