Later this month every household in the country will be contacted about Scotland’s Census.

The census is the once-a-decade count of the population of Scotland, collecting information about where you stay and the people who stay there, including which religion you belong to.

The information you provide in the census, which may be completed online or by post, will help make decisions about how public money will be spent on schools, healthcare, roads and other important services in your local community. It is the go-to data source for social researchers in developing policy and is, therefore, very important.

All people are encouraged to complete the census, providing accurate information about themselves and their households, including religious affiliation.

The deadline for completion of the census is 20 March 2022, known as Census Day.