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.


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.


Update to Scottish Census Release 1C (Part 2)

28/08/2013

On the 15 August NRS released usual resident/household estimates for postcodes, output areas (OA), data zones and inhabited islands. To support these outputs, OA boundaries, postcode to OA and OA to higher area lookup files were also published. However, NRS have just announced an issue with the OA coding applied and they will be replacing these files with revised datasets within the next two weeks. As a result these files have been temporarily removed from the website.

Unlike in England and Wales, NRS renamed all the 2011 Census OA codes in Scotland so they ran sequentially within each council area, however, the error means that this is not always the case. Although physical OA boundaries and population/household estimates will not be altered, the OAs will be recoding to correct this issue.  NRS will be providing a ‘current 2011 OA’ to ‘new OA’ lookup table to assist users. NRS Geography Customer Services will contact users when this data is available but can be contacted for any further information.

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Local Characteristic Census tables now in SASPAC

02/08/2013

On 31/7/13 ONS released 21 Local Characteristic tables for Output Areas and higher geographies in E&W. Local Characteristic (LC) tables are detailed cross tabulations available for the smallest geographical area from the Census. This release is the first in a series of monthly LC table publications outlined in the release schedule.

As with previous releases, a SASPAC software update and set of System files (794MB .zip) are available for users to download. Detailed guidance (.pdf) explaining how to update SASPAC are also available. These tables have also been integrated into SASPAC’s master data download page.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issues with this update.


Scotland’s Census- Release 1C (part one) now available

26/07/2013

The Scottish Census has released more data collected during Scotland’s 2011 Census. The release, 1C (part 1), which can be downloaded here, includes:-

  • unrounded estimates of the usually resident population and households of Scotland and each Council and Health Board Area, by single year of age and sex;
  • unrounded estimates of the usually resident population of Scotland and each council area on Census day, by whether living in a household or communal establishment.

Plans for the future release of data from the Scottish Census can found here, in summary:

  • 15th August 2013- Population and household estimates by Postcodes, Output Areas and Datazones, as well as other geography products (lookup tables and boundary files).
  • (from) late September 2013- Key and Quick Statistics and Census Profiles.
  • Autumn 2013-   Local Characteristics and Local Themes.
  • Winter 2013/14- Detailed Characteristics and Themes.

ONS Census Release Schedule Aug’13 to Feb’14

24/07/2013

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)


SASPAC v9.83 (with enhanced metadata)

22/07/2013

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:
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SASPAC CSV output available with v9.83 with metadata:
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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.


Tomorrow’s Census Data Release (3.2b)

11/07/2013

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.