ONS corrections

22/08/2014

2011 Census: Workday Population Statistics for Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) and Output Areas in England and Wales (Part 2)

A production error was discovered in table WD1101EW. The workday populations for eight Output Areas were incorrect – with some cells containing inconsistent counts for age or sex categories that did not sum to the total population. The eight Output Areas affected were: E00015045, E00023289, E00049002, E00159643, E00172150, E00170915, E00172167, E00174876 (across LB of Kingston and Wandsworth, Warwick, and Coventry) . Correcting the figures for these areas has resulted in changes to the figures for five Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

The SASPAC team have corrected these System files and updated the Workday tables for MSOAs in England and OA in West Midlands and London. The new System files may be downloaded from here.


Census Flow data update

13/08/2014

ONS have recently announced further details on how to access the 2011 Origin-Destination (OD) datasets. The safeguarded tables are now expected to be released via the UK Data Service available in September. To support this, SASPAC have been working with ONS to make these tables available to download from the UK Data Service in a SASPAC format (.SYS). This means users will be able to: download the data from the UKDS, a software update from www.saspac.org and access these tables on their desktops. To prepare for the data, we would recommend registering for the UKDS now (open to academic/public sector users) and then signing up to the additional safeguarded t&cs when the data is published.

The SASPAC team have been working on the integrating the OD Public tables recently published. However, having raised some potential issues in the data with ONS, some corrected data was released yesterday (12/8/14) but there are still some outstanding issues – once we are confident in these datasets we will release these to our users.

A reminder that these public, safeguarded and secure OD data releases are just the priority tables and a lot more are due to be published in November/December this year.

 


SASPAC & Census flow data

24/07/2014

The Data

The Census Offices are preparing to begin publishing the 2011 Census flow data, these tables will include 4 datasets:

  1. Special Workplace statistics (SWS) – travel from usual residence to workplace (or place of study in Scotland)
  2. Special Migration statistics (SMS) – address 1 year prior to census day
  3. Special Student statistics (SSS) – student migration
  4. Special Residence statistics (SRS) – location of second residence

For all 4 datasets a set of England & Welsh and UK tables will exist.

How will I be able to access the data?

ONS have developed 3 levels of licence to access the data:

Public: openly available anyone and accessible to SASPAC users like any other Census data. These will include a small number of simple tables published for large geographic areas such as local authorities/MSOAs.

Safeguarded: available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: accessible via the ONS Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML) held at Titchfield, Southampton. These will include the most detailed cross tabulations, available for the smallest Census geographies and data will only be released to users following ONS approval. SASPAC will be available to access these tables in the VML.

A new VML is currently under development by ONS and expected to be available at other sites across the E&W towards the end of the year.

When will the data be published?

Public tables: 25 July – 9 for E&W (3 SWS/6 SRS)  and 11 for UK* (6 SMS/3 SWS/2 SRS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Safeguarded tables: August (date TBC) – 4 E&W (SMS) and 10 UK* (4 SMS /6 SWS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Secure tables: details and date TBC

* Initially UK tables with only include England, Wales and NI flows. This is because issue has been identified with the Scottish data by NRS.

How to access the data?

Public – available to SASPAC users in the usual manner; users will be informed when system files are available for download.

Safeguarded – available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: available through SASPAC via the ONS VML

What SASPAC support will be available?

The SASPAC team are currently preparing/updating training materials to support users’ access to the 2011 flow datasets. We expect to make half-day training sessions available to users and we will post dates on our website shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to get familiar with the 2001 flow data, the data may be downloaded from our website along with supporting 2001 training materials.


SASPAC v9.90 Released

15/07/2014

Recent months have seen a number of datasets released by the Census Offices for England & Wales and Scotland, the SASPAC team have been busy processing and quality assuring this data and are now in a position to release a software update to users. SASPAC v9.90 incorporates all the data tables currently available including the most recent updates:

England & Wales

  • 21 Workplace for Output Areas/workplace zones and larger geographies
  • 10 Workday tables for Output Areas and larger geographies
  • Supplementary Release 2: 3 DC and 8 LC tables (published on 23/5/14)
  • 6 Armed Forces tables for LA*
  • QS613EW – detailed Country of birth table for LAs

*published for a limited number of LAs due to disclosure control

Scotland

  • Release 3f: 16 Detailed & 8 Local Characteristic tables relating to health, housing, population and diversity)

Here is a list of all the tables and datasets currently available for E&W (.xls) and Scotland (.xls).

In addition, the SASPAC team have also Incorporated the ONS Mid-year population estimate data from 2001 to 2012 for Output and higher geographies in E&W.

Users will need to download a small update to upgrade to v9.90, instructions on how to this can be found in the following Release note (.pdf).

 


SASPAC Training

20/06/2014

Please let us know ASAP if you would like to book onto our
21st July SASPAC training course taking place at City Hall.

The course is aimed at people who are new to the software or who would just like a refresher course.

A typical SASPAC training session will provide users with an introduction to the 2011 Census and enable them to select, print, manipulate, export and map data relevant to their area of interest.

If you would like to preview our latest SASPAC training manual please just visit here.

In preparation for the publication 2011 origin destination data, the SASPAC team are currently preparing a half day training course to allow users to take full advantage of this powerful new data set.

Keep an eye on our blog posts for more information!

Classroom


SASPAC update for Scotland

29/05/2014

The NRS have begun to release the first 2011 Census cross tabulations (Detailed and Local Characteristics tables) as part of Release 3, these tables are being published between February and August on a topic by topic basis. saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadowPreviously only univariate tables (Key and Quick Statistics) had been available.

To date, the following tables have been published:

  • Release 3a (27/2/14): 10 DC tables
  • Release 3b (19/3/14): 9 DC tables and 5 LC tables
  • Release 3c (9/4/14): 1 DC table, 13 LC and 3 Quick Statistics tables
  • Release 3d (15/5/14): 12 DC tables and 9 LC tables

(DC tables are available for ward/DC sectors and higher geographies, LC tables are available for Output Area and higher geographies).

In total there are now 32 DC, 27 LC, 62 Quick Statistics and 34 Key Statistics tables available for a range of geographies from national down to the Output Area level. A list of all the tables and titles released can be found here (.xls) To support access to these new tables and geographies, the SASPAC team have produced a software update to the current application (v9.85) and supporting System files. Users will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables.

 

 


NEW Census data released

28/05/2014

On the 23rd May three new sets of data were published by ONS, these included the first Workplace Zones from the 2011 Census. There included:

  • 32 Workplace Population tables (21 tables for Workplace Zones, 10 tables for MSOAs and one for Output Area)
  • 9 Workday Population tables (6 tables for MSOAs and 3 for Output Area)
  • 6 Armed Forces tables (produced for 224 LAs in E&W)

At the moment we are currently working on processing these tables, so please keep an eye out for either a future blog post/tweet which will inform you when a SASPAC update is available.

 


ONS – Next Census releases

29/04/2014

On the 24th April, ONS announced the next four releases of 2011 Census statistics.

*Workplace Population Statistics for Workplace Zones and MSOAs in England and Wales
Release 5.2a
This release will provide 2011 Census estimates of the number and characteristics of the workplace population of England and Wales. Outline versions for 32 workplace tables are available to download from the ONS website.
21 tables will be for the new geography of workplace zones, 10 tables will be for MSOA, and one table for Output Areas.

*Workday Population Statistics for MSOAs and OAs in England and Wales
Release 5.2b
This release compliments the first release of workday population statistics (published October 2013).
Outline versions for nine tables are available to download from the ONS website.
Six are MSOA tables and three are OA and higher geographies.

*Migration Statistics for Wales
Release 6.1
This release will provide the first set of 2011 Census statistics about people in Wales who moved within or between areas in Wales in the year preceding the census. Outline versions for three tables will be available to download shortly from the ONS website.
Two of these tables will be for MSOAs and merged wards and one table will be for local authorities.
Further migration statistics will be published later in2014 covering the population of England and Wales.

*Armed Forces Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales
Release 6.2
This release will provide 2011 Census estimates of the number and characteristics of personnel serving in the armed forces.
Outline versions for six armed forces tables are available to download from the ONS website.
These tables will be available for local authorities in which the number of armed forces personnel exceeds 150.
The tables will be released as Excel reference tables on the ONS website.

 

 


Future of the Census

01/04/2014

Following three years of research and user consultation into options for the 2021 census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales, the National Statistician has recommended to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority that a predominantly online census should be undertaken in 2021, supplemented by the use of administrative and survey data. To read more about this announcement, please click here.  

National Records of Scotland (NRS) have also announced they will be following a similar route, with a primarily online 2021 Census and supplementary use of administrative datasets. More this announcement can be found here.


Census Release Update

07/02/2014

ONS have now published the (draft) table layouts for release:

4.5a: (Local Characteristics on Labour Market for output areas in England and Wales)
4.5b: (Local Characteristics on Qualifications for output areas in England and Wales)

Accessible via here. This data is scheduled for release on 26 February 2014.


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