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)
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.
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.
On Friday 28 June ONS published 34 Detailed Characteristics tables for Local Authorities in England & Wales. These tables represent release 3.2a and contain detailed cross-tabulations from the 2011 Census relating to housing, topics include:
- marital status/civil partnership
- living arrangements
- tenure/accommodation type
- Welsh language
- NS-SeC/Economic activity
A copy of the table layouts from these tables can be found on the ONS website.
The SASPAC team have processed and quality assured these datasets and the System files can now be downloaded from our data page. A link to download just these Detailed Characteristic System files can be found here (34 MB .zip). SASPAC requires a small number of files to be updated to integrate these new tables within its searching mechanism.
To update from v9.80 users will need to download these update files (7MB .zip) and follow the instructions in this release note (.pdf).
If users are already running v9.82, a simple update process is necessary using the files here (4MB .zip) and accompanying update note (.pdf).
To support users in accessing these new tables, we have a number of courses scheduled at City Hall in the coming months – visit our booking page for the latest dates or contact Wil Tonkiss for more details. All our course materials can be found on our training pages.
Please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk if you have any issues with this release.
ONS have announced plans to hold two Census Analysis workshops that will include:
- an overview of what the Census has told us so far
- how to make the most of Census data
- future plans for data releases and analysis
These events will be held in Manchester on 18 July and London 24 July, attendance is free and bookings made by emailing ONS.
On the 16 May 2013 ONS published 42 Detailed Characteristics Census tables for Local Authorities in England & Wales. These tables represent the first detailed cross-tabulations to be released from the 2011 Census and, in most cases, will be released for ward and Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) geographies. However, some tables will not be available for these small zones due to disclosure control. Of the 42 tables:
- nine are available for the nine English regions and Wales;
- one (DC6301EW) for 2011 Census Merged Districts1;
- 32 for Local Authorities in England & Wales (three are Welsh only)
A copy of these table layouts in Excel can be found here (.xls)
To support access to these new tables, the SASPAC team have produced an updated version of the application (v9.82). Due to the relatively small nature of the update and to help organisations’ avoid the, sometimes costly, process of arranging a full software installation the update files need to be simply “copy and pasted” to your current system. A release note (.pdf) explains how to go about this process and the relevant update files (6MB.zip) are available to download. Finally, the supporting System files for this release can also be downloaded here (28MB .zip).
This data release represents the first in a set of tables to be published as part of Release 3 and a further three subsequent releases (3.2/3.3/3.4) are expected to be made available over the summer months (between June and August). It is not currently clear what data will be available when but we will keep users up to data as soon as we hear more. More details relating to this release can be found on the ONS website.
1“2011 Census Merged District” geographies have been produced where small districts have been merged to ensure the confidentiality of individual’s personal information. The Isles of Scilly UA has been merged with Cornwall UA, and the City of London has been merged with Westminster.