March and April saw ONS release 65 new Census tables for England and Wales, these included:
- 3.5c – 8 Detailed Characteristic and 1 Quick Statistics table relating to Approximated Social
- 3.6 – 20 Detailed Characteristic tables relating to travel to work and car or van availability (
- Local Authorities only)
- 4.6 – 26 Local Characteristic and 1 Quick Statistics table relating to travel to work and car or
- van availability (Output Areas)
- Supplementary tables on 9/4/14 – 9 Local Characteristic tables relating to a range of topics
To provide access to these tables users will need to update to the v9.85 (April update) available from our software download page and download the latest System files from our Data page. Layouts of these tables can be found below and an Excel file of all the tables released to date can be found here (.xls).
- new Quick Statistics tables (.pdf)
- new Local Characteristics tables (.pdf)
- new Detailed Characteristics tables (.pdf)
Copies of table layouts released to date can also be found on our Support page.
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.
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.
The 2001 Census produced a number of tables at ward level specifically relating to the armed forces population (AF001 to AF004). This population is likely to be geographically concentrated across specific local authorities but key to understanding service provision and demand. ONS are preparing the equivalent 2011 Census tables and have circulated some table mockups (.xls) for users to comment on. The current intention is to provide this tables at regional level only. ONS are keen to hear from users on their data requirements and requested feedback by 11 February.
The latest 2011 Census Detailed and Local Characteristics tables are now available to download from the SASPAC website along with a software update (v9.85).
This update incorporates the 2 Detailed Characteristic and 59 Local Characteristic tables published by ONS on 23/01/14 (releases 4.4a and 4.4b)
The updated SASPAC System files are downloadable from our data page and the software updates files/instructions from here.
To help keep users’ up to date with the large number of tables currently available we have also produced a summary of all the tables released by geography here (.xls). Furthermore, table layouts for all the tables so far and those recently published are below:
- Release 4.4a Detailed Characteristic tables layouts all published DC table layouts to date (.pdf)
- Release 4.4a and 4.4b Local Characteristic tables layouts /all published LC table layouts to date (.pdf)
Other table layouts can be found on our Support page.
ONS have announced the release date for the next Local Characteristics tables. The information will be found in tables 4.5a and 4.5b and will include topics on:
- Labour Market at output area level
- Qualifications at output area level
This release will be on the 26 February 2014. There are currently no drafts of this information published, but once available they will be accessible via here.
Also on the 27 February 2014, NRS will be releasing Scotland’s Census results part 3A, which provides 10 new tables:
- Age by sex
- Ethnic group
- National identity
- Proficiency in English
- Scots language skills
- Ethnic group
- Country of birth
There is currently already a draft tables available to download from the NRS website.
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).
ONS have just announced the Census release schedule for the next six months, more details are on the ONS website but you’ll find a short summary below:
- 31 July 2013- LC on Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion for Output Areas in England and Wales.
- 30 August 2013- LC on Health and Unpaid Care for Output Areas in England and Wales. DC for demography and families for MSOAs and wards in England and Wales.
- September 2013- LC on labour market and qualifications. DC for communal establishments for MSOAs and wards in England and Wales.
- November 2013- DC for labour market and qualifications for MSOAs and wards in England and Wales.
- December 2013- LC on housing and demography for Output Areas in England and Wales.
- January 2014- LC on labour market and qualifications for Output Areas in England and Wales.
- February 2014- DC for travel to work and armed forces for MSOAs and wards in England and Wales.
(LC = Local Characteristics, DC = Detailed Characteristics)