Future of the Census

01/04/2014

Following three years of research and user consultation into options for the 2021 census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales, the National Statistician has recommended to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority that a predominantly online census should be undertaken in 2021, supplemented by the use of administrative and survey data. To read more about this announcement, please click here.  

National Records of Scotland (NRS) have also announced they will be following a similar route, with a primarily online 2021 Census and supplementary use of administrative datasets. More this announcement can be found here.


Next Scottish Census release

21/02/2014

NRS has just announced that they have updated their Outputs Prospectus.

Their latest version confirms that on the 19 March NRS will publish Release 3B which includes a further sub-set of tables from the Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion topics. The majority of the remaining tables will be published later in Release 3C.

NRS will also publish the two remaining tables (Household by deprivation dimensions and Central heating) from Release 2.

A reminder that Release 3a (.xls) comes out Thursday 27 February and includes 10 Detailed Characteristic tables!


New SASPAC User

17/02/2014

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Welcome to Renfrewshire Council who have recently joined the SASPAC scheme. They are now able to view all the Scottish Census datasets and take advantage of the benefits SASPAC can offer.

If you are interested in a free trial of the application just contact our helpdesk. Alternatively, if you would like to read feedback just visit our user comments page.


A warm welcome to South Aryshire

07/02/2014

A warm welcome to South Aryshire Council who have just joined the SASPAC scheme. Alongside other recent new members in Scotland including: Argyll and Bute, Glasgow and Clyde Valley and Stirling Council.
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If 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.


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.


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.