ONS 2011 Census Consultations


ONS have opened its 2011 Census Output consultation exercise, which provides users with an opportunity to comment on the initial proposals for 2011 outputs. Guidance documents and lists of proposed tables (inc. suggestions for new ones) are all available from their website. The general starting point appears to be providing users with everything from 2001 (with the addition of outputs from new questions) and asking users to specify/write business cases for anything additional.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 26 March 2010.

There is also a Census Output Geography consultation exercise running in parallel with the above. This asks for users views on workplace zones, Upper SOAs and details of OAs/SOAs that do not fit the criteria for statistical zones.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 26 March 2010.

SASPAC Advisory Panel meeting held 28.10.09


The SASPAC Advisory Panel helps steer and oversee the software’s development. The Panel is chaired by the Local Goverment Association – the software owners – and membership consists of a group of experienced Census and SASPAC users.

Link to PowerPoint slidesWith planning for 2011 Census outputs well underway, the Panel is a key route to ensure the software develops in line with user need. Meetings notes, slides and details of future meetings can be found on the SAP page.

The group agreed to initially meet on a 6 monthly basis but this frequency may increase as we move closer to Census day.

1971 Census Data now in SASPAC


The 1971 Census was undertaken on the night of 25/26 April 1971 by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS) in England & Wales and the General Registar Office for Scotland (GROS). The aggregate outputs from this Census were called the Small Area Statistics (SAS) and are now available in SASPAC. The System files can be downloaded from here and a software update, along with instructions, can be found here.