Beyond 2011 Consultation


Census users’ interested in responding to current ONS consultation on the future of the Census may find the attached Word version (.doc) of the consultation questionnaire useful for circulating around their own organisation. The consultation closes on 13 December and requests Census users feedback on the two proposed methods:

  1. A census once a decade, like that conducted in 2011, but primarily online.
  2. A census using existing government data and compulsory annual surveys.

The Future of Small Area Population Statistics


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

Beyond 2011 Consultation


A Beyond 2011 Consultation was issued on Monday 18 March 2013 regarding user requirements for future population and socio-demographic information.

The Beyond 2011 programme is an ongoing programme within National Records of Scotland (NRS) to research suitable methods for producing population and socio-demographic information.

The questionnaire for user requirements can be completed on the NRS website or via It can be responded to until Monday 10 June 2013.

More information on the Beyond 2011 programme and Stakeholder engagement sessions can be found on the NRS website or by contacting the Beyond2011 team.

Scotland 2011 Census Update


Yesterday, NRS published an update to the 2011 Census Outputs Prospectus for Scotland. The key points are:


  • Local Authority level five-year age band population estimates (release 1B) are scheduled for release on 21 March, with single year data (release 1C) following in May.
  • Key & Quick Statistics tables (release 2) will begin in Summer 2013, Local Characteristics (release 3) in Autumn 2013, and Winter 2013 (release 4) will contain Detailed Characteristics tables.
  • Table layouts for Key and Quick Statistics are now available on the NRS website (.xls)
  • NRS are keen to hear from users if they should follow ONS/NISRA and change the order of Releases 3 and 4

All the Census outputs relating to releases 2, 3 and 4 will be made available through SASPAC.

Beyond 2011 LA Data Workshop


The Beyond 2011 team at ONS are running a special event for Local Authority data users to help understanding how small area data is used across local government – helping them build the case for this type of data. The workshop will focus specifically on local authority users and is in addition to the public roadshows being held in November.

The event runs from 10:00 to 15:30 on 5th Birmingham and will include an update on ONS’ current thinking. Contact the team to book your place.

ONS 2011 Census Analysis Consultation


The ONS are currently running a consultation on their plans for the analysis of 2011 Census data on Ethnicity & National Identity, Religion and Language. Responses to the consultation are required by Friday 31st August and should be emailed to The consultation document can be downloaded here.

ONS Outputs and Dissemination repeat event – 14th June


ONS are running a repeat of the April 2012 Outputs and Dissemination roadshows on Thursday 14 June at City Hall, London, SE1 2AA. The meeting runs from 9.30 to 12.15 (registration from 9.00) and you can register to attend by emailing

The agenda will include:

  • an update of progress for the production of 2011 Census population estimates
  • detailed explanation of the 2011 Census outputs prospectus
  • explanation of the planned new online tools and functionality to help users access and exploit 2011 Census data, and other specific datasets
  • a summary of feedback and comments from the April roadshows


SASPAC comments on the ONS Output Prospectus


In response to the Output Prospectus published by ONS at the end of March, SASPAC and the Greater London Authority have jointly raised a number of comments and concerns with the Census team. This covers a range of issues relating to expected metadata, cell referencing, disclosure control and geographic information. A PDF of the response is available here and we’ll post any feedback we receive on this site.

NRS Beyond 2011 Website


National Records for Scotland have just released a ‘Beyond 2011’ website. In September 2011 the Beyond 2011 project was set up in Scotland to investigate alternative (to the traditional census) methods for delivering population and socio-demographic statistics in Scotland. A similar programme is already underway for England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics and the Registrar General for Northern Ireland will begin their own assessment following the release of the initial 2011 Census results.

NRS will not begin a formal consultation until Spring/Summer 2013 but interested parties can address any queries to:

ONS Census Advisory Group


ONS held a combined 2011 Census Advisory Group Meeting on 27/3/12 – the group provides a formal forum for discussion on a wide range of 2011 Census issues and includes representatives from central/local government, health, academia, private sector and the third sector. A number of papers/presentations were provided and can be found below.

Some brief highlights:

  • Census response rates were 94% overall; and at least 80% for every local authority (E&W)
  • ONS are on schedule for first outputs in July; these will be population estimates and will include supporting information relating to comparator data sources (school census, patient register, child benefit data) [An output timetable is expected to be published by the end of this week]
  • a series of tutorials to help users’ understand how the Census estimates were constructed are planned for June
  • almost 200 completed prosecutions for non completion of questionnaires

AG(12) 01 2011 Census Highlight Report (pdf)

AG(12) 02 2011 Census outputs updates (pdf)

AG(12) 04 Dissemination – Future Channels Tools (pdf)

AG(12) 06 Future plans for Stakeholder Engagement, Media and Communications (pdf)