The Future of Small Area Population Statistics

26/09/2013

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
13.00 Lunch
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
16.45 Close

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


2011 Census Output Area Classification

25/09/2013

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:

2011OAC

  • 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.


New SASPAC users

16/09/2013

A warm welcome to colleagues at the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority who have recently joined the SASPAC user community to take full advantage of the 2011 Census datasets.

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority


Census table update

13/09/2013

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).


Single Year of Age by Sex data!

11/09/2013

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.


New Census Local & Detailed Characteristic tables

05/09/2013

Last week’s Census data release of 25 Detailed and 13 Local Characteristic tables are now available in SASPAC, along with a supporting software update.  A release note, software files and update instructions are available to download here (.pdf) and the System files can be downloaded from our data page. This release includes:

  • 25 Detailed Characteristic tables relating to the themes of Demography and Families, and available for MSOA and merged ward geographies in England & Wales
  • 13 Local Characteristic tables relating to the themes of Health and Unpaid Care, and available for Output Areas and all higher geographies in England & Wales

If you have any issues with this update please contact the helpdesk.