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Census 2011, 2021 & Beyond

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ONS plans to publish the first outputs from the 2011 Census (population estimates by age and sex for England and Wales and local authorities) in July 2012. Further details on these and the content and timetable for each of the census releases, as well as the availability of the commissioned table service and UK data, will be made available through an online census outputs prospectus that will be launched at the end of March.

ONS is developing new online tools and functionality to deliver an enhanced web site capability for organisations and individuals to access, exploit and explore ONS statistics more effectively. This will assist ONS to extend the reach of the 2011 Census outputs and other business outputs, to a wider audience and meet the open government transparency agenda.
This community will provide an opportunity for members to share views, experiences and good practice about the 2011 Census and dissemination of the outputs, together with the census data analysis that ONS will carry out. ONS is interested in understanding how you use the rich data produced by the census to inform your policy and service delivery and how we can meet your needs in disseminating the data. This will help to realise the benefits.

Topic: Religion questions in NI and E&W census

1.  Religion questions in NI and E&W census

It isn't surprising that they don't map onto each other as they have different purposes. In Northern Ireland data on religion are collected to monitor inequalities between Catholic and Protestant Christians. In England and Wales, the optional religion question was introduced as part of the ethnic question. It was promoted by the Editor of the Sikh Messenger who mentioned it more than once on 'Thought for the Day'. On one occasion he ephasised the need for an apprpriately worded question and mentioned a cartoon of an interviewer questioning a man in a turban and asking 'Are you a member of an organised religion? and getting the reply, 'No, I am a Sikh'.

Alison Macfarlane