Remember to Complete your Census Form by 20th March

Scotland’s Census is the official count of every person and household in the country. It usually takes place every 10 years. The census asks questions about people’s age, sex, home and living situation, employment, education and qualifications, as well as ethnicity. Every household in Scotland must complete the census and by doing so are helping to shape Scotland’s future.

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Covid Christmas Restrictions in Scotland

The planned easing of covid restrictions around Christmas will be limited to Christmas Day itself, and not the previous 5 day window that was planned.

Legal household limits will still apply – a maximum of 8 people from 3 households – however advice is to minimise the numbers.

Where possible, people should celebrate the festive period at home in their own household and meet with others outdoors.

Other than for specific exemptions, travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK will not be legal.

Travel within Scotland will be allowed on Christmas Day.

From Boxing Day, all of mainland Scotland will have Level 4 restrictions applied, including the closure of non-essential retail and hospitality.

From Boxing Day, in line with existing law, travel across local authority boundaries between areas in Level 3 or 4 will not be legal other than for specific exempt purposes.

More information can be found at

New Fire and Smoke Alarm Regulations February 2021

The attached information is circulated on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and details the forthcoming requirements regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

These regulations come into force in February 2021.

The new standard requires :-

  • One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • One heat alarm installed in every kitchen
  • All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked
  • Carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires), heaters and stoves) or a flue


The following Scottish Government links provide additional guidance :-