Census users’ interested in responding to current ONS consultation on the future of the Census may find the attached Word version (.doc) of the consultation questionnaire useful for circulating around their own organisation. The consultation closes on 13 December and requests Census users feedback on the two proposed methods:
- A census once a decade, like that conducted in 2011, but primarily online.
- A census using existing government data and compulsory annual surveys.
Following Monday’s launch of the Beyond 2011 Consultation into methods for undertaking future Censuses, the Beyond 2011 Independent Working Group have convened a meeting to discuss the key issues and promote informed responses to the consultation.
The Future of Small Area Population Statistics is being held at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR on 21 October 2013 and will include the following speakers:
11.30 Registration and coffee
12.00 Introduction and purpose of day (Chair: Prof David Rhind)
12.15 “Beyond 2011” proposals and the future provision of small area data (Alistair Calder and Andy Teague, Office for National Statistics)
12.45 Questions to ONS
13.40 Use cases of small area data (Prof Danny Dorling, University of Oxford – Health and equality perspective; Keith Dugmore, Demographic User Group – The commercial perspective; Mark Fransham, Oxford City Council – Local authority perspective; Dr Nissa Finney, University of Manchester – Ethnicity perspective Discussion)
14.40 The potential role of small area estimation (Dr Paul Williamson, University of Liverpool)
15.00 Short break (water available)
15.15 Responding to the consultation (Prof Sir Ian Diamond – Principal, University of Aberdeen Prof Phil Rees, British Academy; Prof David Martin, University of Southampton – on behalf of the Beyond 2011 Independent Working Group)
15.50 Discussion with panel
There is no charge for registration, which may be completed online via the RGS website. The event is kindly being supported by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the British Society for Population Studies
A new 2011 UK Output Area Classification (OAC) is currently being produced through a collaborative project between the Office for National Statistics and University College London. Due to the timing of the data releases in Northern Ireland and Scotland, a preliminary OAC has been constructed for England & Wales. ONS/UCL are currently seeking users’ views on this work via a short questionnaire available from here.
In short, the 2011 OAC:
- updates the previous 2001 OAC (more details);
- is freely available;
- indicates the character of small areas;
- contains a three-tiered hierarchical classification of 8 Supergroups, 24 Groups and 67 Subgroups (e.g. “Hard-pressed Households”);
- can be used for area profiling, structuring data and targeting resources
As with 2001 OAC, we intend to make the 2011 OAC available to users through SASPAC.
SASPAC’s table layouts have been updated to reflect the data published on 30/8/13 as part of Releases 3.3 and 4.2:
- Detailed Characteristic tables layout pdf file
- Local Characteristic tables layout pdf file
- Commissioned tables layout pdf file
There are currently 89 Detailed Characteristic and 34 Local Characteristic tables available for England & Wales. To help users keep up with what tables have been published, we have produced a matrix of all Census tables currently available by geography – this is downloadable from here (.xls).
After lobbying from SASPAC and local authority users, ONS have decided to produce single year of age (SYA) Census data broken down by sex for MSOA and merged ward geographies – currently the data is only available at Local Authority level.
In 2001 this data was provided as Standard Table ST001, however, the equivalent 2011 Census table (DC1104EW) was released on 30/8 but with merged age groupings (“0 to 4″, “5 to 7″…etc). No firm date for this data has been released as yet but it should be before the end of November – we’ll keep users up to date as and when we know more. This should help analysts create all those awkward and unusual age groupings!
Remember: next date for your diary is the 26 September, when we’re expecting to receive Migration (OA level) and Communal Establishment data (Ward/MSOA) for England & Wales.
On 31/7/13 ONS released 21 Local Characteristic tables for Output Areas and higher geographies in E&W. Local Characteristic (LC) tables are detailed cross tabulations available for the smallest geographical area from the Census. This release is the first in a series of monthly LC table publications outlined in the release schedule.
As with previous releases, a SASPAC software update and set of System files (794MB .zip) are available for users to download. Detailed guidance (.pdf) explaining how to update SASPAC are also available. These tables have also been integrated into SASPAC’s master data download page.
Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issues with this update.
Following the release of the 2011 Census Detailed Characteristics tables for Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOAs) and Census Merged Wards on 12 July, SASPAC v9.83 is now available and provides access to all these datasets tables. Software update files (7MB .zip) and instructions (.pdf) are downloadable from our website.
In addition, updated System files relating to these new tables are available to download from SASPAC’s data page or a link to just the Detailed Characteristics datasets (National to MSOA/ward geographies) can be downloaded here (640 MB .zip).
Finally, following user demand, the software’s CSV export function has now been enhanced to include cell-level metadata descriptions:
|SASPAC CSV output without metadata:
|SASPAC CSV output available with v9.83 with metadata:
Users may also be interested in saving version of the Census table layouts for all the datasets currently available:
Quick Statistics table layouts (22.07.13) (pdf)
Key Statistics table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)
Detailed Characteristics table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)
Commissioned table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)
As tables are released/updated these layouts will be updated on our support page.
We thought it would be helpful to clarify the data we are expecting ONS to publish tomorrow as part of Release 3.2b:
- 2 new Welsh LA level tables: DC1103WA and DC2112WA (Household composition by dependent children and ability to speak Welsh)
- 62 (incs. 8 Welsh) Details Characteristic tables for Census merged wards and MSOAs; these have all been previously released at LA level as part of Release 3.1 and 3.2a
- 4 new regional DC tables and 14 new Commissioned tables relating to migration but for England & Wales only
Table layouts for the new tables can be found here (2MB .xls).
The SASPAC team will process and quality assure these outputs before releasing to our users, along with a small software update, early next week.
The SASPAC team have recently added the following datasets to our website:
- 2011 Census Key/Quick Statistics and Commissioned tables for Clincial Commissioning Groups (CCG) in England. A link to the data download page is here or a direct link to download the Health System files is here (3MB .zip). The CCG geography has been created from a Lower Super Output Areas to CCG lookup available from the ONS Geoportal.
- 2011 Census Commissioned Table CT0050: Method of Travel to Work (alternative) for Output Areas and above (supersedes CT0015 and 45 previously released for ward/LAs) has been added to the Commissioned tables System files. This table is comparable with data from the 2001 Census (UV039), unlike the previously published QS701EW
- 2011 Census Administrative Ward boundary files in Mapshore (BDY),MapInfo (TAB) and ESRI (SHP) formats are now available to download.
Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issues downloading these files.
ONS have recently updated plans for the next Census outputs, with Release 4 now beginning on 31 July and before the end of Release 3. A timeline of what to expect next, as it currently stands, is below:
- 12 July: Release 3.2b – MSOA and ward level Detailed Characteristic tables (for the 76 tables already available at LA level) + 21 additional tables (14 national, 5 regional and 2 at LA level)
- 31 July: Release 4.1 – Output Area level Local Characteristic tables relating to ethnicity, identity, religion and language
- 30 August: Release 3.3 – MSOA and ward level Detailed Characteristic tables relating to the Demography topic
More details relating to these releases can be found on the ONS website, along with the latest Release 3 layouts. It’s not currently clear when Armed Forces or Detailed Theme tables can be expected but we’ll keep users posted as soon as we know more.