Next Census Release Dates

03/02/2014

ONS have announced the release date for the next Local Characteristics tables. The information will be found in tables 4.5a and 4.5b and will include topics on:

  • Labour Market at output area level
  • Qualifications at output area level

This release will be on the 26 February 2014. There are currently no drafts of this information published, but once available they will be accessible via here.

Also on the 27 February 2014, NRS will be releasing Scotland’s Census results part 3A, which provides 10 new tables:

  • Age by sex
  • Ethnic group
  • National identity
  • Proficiency in English
  • Religion
  • Scots language skills
  • Ethnic group
  • Country of birth

There is currently already a draft tables available to download from the NRS website.


SASPAC Training Dates

16/01/2014

With Census data coming think and fast and training budgets (if you have one!) closing at the end of the march, you may be interested in the following SASPAC training dates:Classroom

  • 12 February – Cardiff, Data Unit – Wales
  • 19 February – London, City Hall
  • 18 March –  London, City Hall

We are also in the process organising additional dates in Scotland, these are likely to be in late February/early March. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact the helpdesk.

The training course will provide users with all the tools they need to search, extract and customise Census data to meet their organisation’s needs. A copy of the training programme can be found here (pdf) and further details on our training pages.


A warm welcome to Stirling Council

15/01/2014

A warm welcome to Stirling Council who have just joined the SASPAC scheme to help them gain maximum value from the 2011 Census results set to be released for Scotland in 2014.
stirlingIf your organisation would like to learn more about the benefits SASPAC can offer, watch our 2 min video or read some of our users comments. Alternatively, contact the helpdesk for a free trial of the application.


SASPAC v9.85 available

10/01/2014

A happy year to all our users!

Before Christmas ONS and NRS produced two Census data releases for England & Wales and Scotland respectively. These new tables have now been integrated into SASPAC and are available as a new software update: v9.85. This release includes:

  • access to all Key and Quick Statistics tables for Scotland (Release 2c Key stats & Quick stats layouts (pdf))
  • access to 59 new Detailed Characteristic tables for England & Wales (Release 3.5 layouts (pdf))

The application has also been enhanced to include a brand new ‘year’ and ‘country’ filter that allows users to restrict their dataset view to just those of interest. The supporting updated System files are also available to download on our E&W and Scotland data pages.

Given the considerable amount of Census data now available, the SASPAC team have produced Excel files that list all the tables currently available by geography for E&W and Scotland. This should help you stay up to date with the wealth of data now at your finger tips!

What data to expect next?
The next data release planned for E&W is on 23 January and will include 59 Local Characteristic tables for Output Areas (Release 4.4), the current tables layouts are available on the ONS website. In Scotland, the next release phase includes detailed cross tabulations and will be published on a ‘topic’ basis; other than ‘early 2014’ it is not currently clear when this data will be available but we expect to hear more later this month.


Scottish SASPAC update: v9.85

03/12/2013

Following release 2B of the Scottish Census results from NRS, the SASPAC team is pleased to release a software update to our
users. This release incorporates all the Key (29) and Quick Statistic tables (32) currently available for Scottish Census geographies.

SASPAC v9.85 is available to download from the software page along with update instructions (.pdf). This release includes:saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadow

  • access to all Key statistics (with percentage values) and Quick Statistics tables;
  • new “year” and “country” filters to restrict data searching/selection to just Scottish tables;
  • enhanced hierarchic geography trees that present 2011 Output Areas within Multi-member wards, Postcode sectors and Datazones (facilitates easy selection of “all the OAs within area X”).

All the necessary System files may also be downloaded from our data page.

The next Census release for Scotland is scheduled for 18 December and will include four Key and 27 Quick statistics tables relating to Living Arrangements (planned table layouts). Please note, we also expect to release an updated full installation package later in December 2013, this will update all previous versions of the application.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issue with this release or require any further details.


2011 Census Scottish boundary data

30/10/2013

In preparation for the next Census release for Scotland on 14 November (release 2B), the SASPAC team have prepared a series of boundary files to assist users. Our Scottish geography page now contains boundaries in  Mapshore (BDY), MapInfo (TAB) and ESRI (SHP) formats, as well links to a number of other useful geographic resources. Boundaries are available for the following hierarchies:

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  • 2011 Census Output Areas
  • 2011 Local Characteristic Sectors
  • 2011 Detailed Characteristic Sectors
  • 2001 Data zones
  • 2001 Intermediate zones
  • Electoral Wards
  • Council Areas

Boundary data is downloadable as; a single file for all Scottish zones (split by hierarchy); a single file containing Council Area folders split by hierarchy; and a separate file for each Council. – allowing users to download all the boundaries just for their Council area if necessary.


Welcome to North Ayrshire Council

22/10/2013

A very warm welcome to North Ayrshire Council who have recently joined the SASPAC scheme to take full advantage of the Scottish 2011 Census results being published in the coming months.

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The latest output plans can be found in the NRS Prospectus, in summary the next releases scheduled are:

  • Release 2B (14 November) – Key Statistics and Quick Statistics tables for all 16 levels of census geography.
  • Release 2C (mid December) – Key and Quick Statistics tables related to Living Arrangements for all 16 levels of census geography.
  • Releases 3 & 4 (date tbc) – detailed Local Characteristics (LC) and Detailed Characteristics (DC) tables.

Finally, a reminder that we are running a SASPAC/Census training course in Motherwell on 27 and 28 November – please contact the helpdesk to book your place.


The Future of Census Statistics in Scotland

17/10/2013

The Scottish Beyond 2011 – Future of census statistics programme is participating in this years ESRC Festival of Social Science. NRS will be running two free half day events in Glasgow (7th November afternoon) and Edinburgh (8th November morning) and encourage interested parties to attend.

A presentation on Scotland’s Census 2011 followed by questions will open the event. The second session will focus on the Beyond 2011 programme and include a workshop focusing on the case for small area data. Both events are limited in number and so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible (using the eventbrite links above).


Scottish data now in SASPAC

10/10/2013

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Following the publication of the first 2011 Census tables for Scotland (Release 2a) on 26 September, we are pleased to release these tables along with an updated version of the software (v9.84) to users.

These release included:

tables for Scotland, Council Areas and Health Boards.

Instructions on how to update the software to v9.84 are available here (.pdf) and the supporting System files may be downloaded from the data page. Remember all our training materials, videos and demo data can be found on our training pages.

The next Scottish release (2b) is planned for 14 November and will include 15 Key Statistics and 9 Quick Statistics tables for all Census geographies (plus the Release 2a tables for the outstanding geographies). The latest details on the planned outputs can be found on the NRS Census website.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issue with this release or require any further details.


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