Census Release Update

07/02/2014

ONS have now published the (draft) table layouts for release:

4.5a: (Local Characteristics on Labour Market for output areas in England and Wales)
4.5b: (Local Characteristics on Qualifications for output areas in England and Wales)

Accessible via here. This data is scheduled for release on 26 February 2014.


Do you need Census data on the Armed Forces population?

06/02/2014

The 2001 Census produced a number of tables at ward level specifically relating to the armed forces population (AF001 to AF004). This population is likely to be  geographically concentrated across specific local authorities but key to understanding service provision and demand. ONS are preparing the equivalent 2011 Census tables and have circulated some table mockups (.xls) for users to comment on. The current intention is to provide this tables at regional level only. ONS are keen to hear from users on their data requirements and requested feedback by 11 February.


SASPAC v9.85 Feb update

03/02/2014

saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadowThe latest 2011 Census Detailed and Local Characteristics tables are now available to download from the SASPAC website along with a software update (v9.85).

This update incorporates the 2 Detailed Characteristic and 59 Local Characteristic tables published by ONS on 23/01/14 (releases 4.4a and 4.4b)

The updated SASPAC System files are downloadable from our data page and the software updates files/instructions from here.

To help keep users’ up to date with the large number of tables currently available we have also produced a summary of all the tables released by geography here (.xls). Furthermore, table layouts for all the tables so far and those recently published are below:

  • Release 4.4a Detailed Characteristic tables layouts all published DC table layouts to date (.pdf)
  • Release 4.4a and 4.4b Local Characteristic tables layouts /all published LC table layouts to date (.pdf)

Other table layouts can be found on our Support page.


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.


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).


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.