Beyond 2011: ONS launches consultation on census data

Article dated: 31-Oct-11

A new programme of work to take a fresh look at what happens after the 2011 Census has been launched by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Beyond 2011 Programme will examine options for producing the detailed information about small areas and neighbourhoods that have traditionally been core outputs from the census. The Programme will consider a range of alternative methods, including established census methods or re-using information that has already been collected from the public.

The first stage of a four-step consultation process is focused on listening to users and gathering ideas about the data they need through a public consultation. Contributions are welcome from anyone, especially users from central and local government, commercial organisations, academics, community organisations and special interest groups.

The second stage will research and assess all of the options available, to see which best meets the needs identified.

The third stage will be a further consultation in 2013 which will focus on the possible solutions and will provide an opportunity for data users, suppliers and the public to comment more widely on how ONS provides the required information in future. The final stage, in 2013 and 2014, will develop the final recommendations.

The first stage public consultation is open until 20 January 2012. There are a variety of ways to participate, including an online survey and a series of workshops.