ONS Census Analysis Workshops


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.

Release 3 – Update


ONS have announced more details about their plans for the next release of 2011 Census data.

  • Release 3.2a – The previously announced Detailed Characteristics release 3.2 scheduled for 28 June will now be called release 3.2a. There is no change to the proposed content this release. (SASPAC post on 28 June release).
  • Release 3.2b – There will follow a further release on 12 July. This will include additional Detailed Characteristics tables at region level as well as the tables released on 16 May at MSOA and ward geographies.
  • Release 3.3 – This release on 31 July, will include Detailed Characteristics tables for the themes of demography and families at local authority, MSOA and ward level.

The table layouts for release 3.2 are now available on the ONS website here: http://tinyurl.com/m47e6oj


SASPAC Training dates


We’ve just published our next London (City Hall) training courses on our website, forthcoming dates are:

  • Wednesday 12 June
  • Tuesday 16 July
  • Tuesday 20 Aug
  • Tuesday 10 September

These introductory courses provide users with all the tools they need to begin extracting and using census data. It is also an excellent opportunity for those who have used SASPAC before, but need a refresher, to brush up on their skills. The materials have also been updated to incorporate the latest Detailed Characteristics Census tables published in May.

A copy of the training programme can be found here (.pdf). If you would like to attend, or have a colleague who would like to learn to use SASPAC, please contact Wil Tonkiss to book a place. All the course materials can be found on our training pages.

Data Release


The SASPAC team have recently added the following datasets to our website:

  • 2011 Census Key/Quick Statistics tables for Postcode Areas, Districts and Sectors in England & Wales. A link to the download page is here or a direct link to download the System files is here (60MB .zip)
  • 2011 Census Merged Ward boundary files in Mapshore (BDY),MapInfo (TAB) and ESRI (SHP) formats.

Users may also be interested in a new Geography Portal recently released by ONS. The site allows you to search, view and download geographic data such as postcode directories, boundaries, names and codes for all their area statistics.