A TEAM of workers are continuing to visit households in East Renfrewshire to collect vital data for the Census Coverage Survey.

The second largest social research exercise in Scotland after the census itself, the CCS covers around 1.5% of households.

Together with census returns, feedback from the survey helps to provide an accurate estimate of the area’s population and the people within it.

This then allows National Records of Scotland (NRS) to produce census data which can be used to plan and deliver the services that local residents rely on, such as healthcare and housing.

The survey, which began last month, is being conducted door-to-door by NRS staff carrying identification.

Paul Lowe, Registrar General for Scotland and NRS chief executive, said: “We’re grateful for all residents’ earlier contributions to the census itself.

“The Census Coverage Survey is a separate but key part of the census programme and ensures a comprehensive and accurate picture of return rates across the country has been recorded.

“Even if you have completed the census, you may still be asked to take part in the coverage survey.

“It’s really important to participate if asked, as the information you provide has a direct impact on your local community, from the building of new schools to improving transport links and understanding health needs.”

Anyone who receives a visit from a member of NRS staff carrying out the survey can check their identity by calling a free helpline on 0800 033 4010.

Staff will never ask for financial information such as bank account details and will not ask for money.

A small number of questions will be asked that can either be answered on the doorstep, on a paper form or via the free helpline.