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User Statements

To help ONS provide the statistics needed by you and your organisations in future, we need to know:

  • which variables are required

  • in what combinations

  • at what geographical levels, and

  • how these support organisations’ activities

We have put together the information we have so far in a series of ‘User Statements’. We need your help to make these as comprehensive as we can in order to build the case for the future of this type of statistics.

Part of our work over the past few months has been to understand the data requirements of our users, in order to ascertain exactly what statistics are needed.  In particular, we are very interested in the specific variables and geographic level that are required, and the way in which the statistics are used to support organisations’ activities.

We are recording the requirements of particular sectors in a series of ‘User Statements’ and a summary of these will be published as part of our next round of consultation which starts in September 2013.

In the sections below a few user statements are published in their current draft format and these represent our understanding of the area, as well as how each group currently use the census and socio demographic data ONS currently produces, whether directly or indirectly through third party suppliers. In particular, we are interested in where you have a requirement for our data at the smaller area level (below local authority).

The information is only as good as that we have been able to draw from various information sources and from events held and so these drafts are now published to give people the opportunity to provide further comment. If you are able to forward this around your local networks it would ensure we achieve the widest possible coverage, for example, you may have a network of demographers/analysts or it maybe appropriate to send onto county groupings of Local Authorities.

In some places, there are specific questions we would like answered.  These are in capitals and in red font.

You can comment in a couple of ways.  You can either email us at beyond2011@ons.gsi.gov.uk or you can comment on them in a discussion forum through StatsUserNet.  This is the Royal Statistical Society's User Forum and to access the Beyond 2011 community you will need to register as a member.

Local Authorities

A large group of our users are local authorities of which there are 348 in England and Wales (and 375 if you include counties).  The structure of these is complex and varied and while having functions in common, their data needs also vary.  We discussed with a group of core Local Authority representatives how best to engage.  Their suggestion was to focus on five core functions; Children’s services/Education, Health & Social Care, Housing, Planning and Transport.

In November 2012 we held a series of public events, one of which was a specific Local Authority workshop, and from this we prepared the following ‘user statements’.  People who attended that workshop were sent these draft statements in January 2013 for comment and wider circulation, and all comments received have been incorporated. These draft User Statements were also circulated at a couple of further events held at the Greater London Authority (GLA) in January and April. As well as the five core functions, the GLA have also produced a further statement covering London’s data needs and how they differ from elsewhere in the UK.

These statements give an overview of the role of each sector and user needs.  The information is only as good as that we have been given, and so these drafts are now published to provide an opportunity for further comment. We welcome comments on any aspect of these statements but please try to be specific and provide words that we can use to clearly explain the requirement.  Avoid comments like ‘you need to say more about ……’ in favour of text that explains the use/need. In some places, there are specific questions we would like answered, these are in capitals and in red font.  In particular, we are interested in where you have a requirement for our data at the smaller area level (below Local Authority) and why that is important to you. What would be the impact if you didn’t have it? Also, you may use our census and socio demographic data for ‘other’ key uses that do not fit under the five core statements.  If this is the case, you may wish to review the ‘other’ statement and provide further information as you see fit.

Local Authority Function Draft Statement Deadline for comments
Childrens services/Education Draft Statement (108.5 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Health & Social Care Draft Statement (120.5 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Housing Draft Statement (133 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Planning Draft Statement (112 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Transport Draft Statement (89.5 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Other Local Authority Functions Draft Statement (73.5 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013
Greater London Authority – what’s different about London? Draft Statement (37 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013

Charities and Voluntary Sector

There are currently over 160,000 registered charities in England and Wales, with an estimated 80,000 further unregistered charities.  The annual expenditure of the registered bodies collectively as at 30 September 2012 amounted to £56,666,707,000 (Source: Charity Commission).  Due to the current economic climate, there is growing importance placed on this sector to deliver vital services to those who need them, and we are keen to hear from such organisations to establish how census data is used to inform these activities.

We have made contact with a number of organisations, predominantly larger national charities.  Following feedback from users and comments from events we attended at the RSS in January 2013 and June 2013, further efforts have been made to engage with a wider variety of organisations within the sector, but this is a large sector and we would particularly appreciate case studies/information from smaller and/or unregistered charities and voluntary groups who may use our data at the smaller area level (below Local Authority). 

The statement gives an overview of the role of each sector and user needs.  The information is only as good as that we have been given, and so this draft is now published to provide an opportunity for further comment. We welcome comments on any aspect of the statement but please try to be specific and provide words that we can use to clearly explain the requirement.  Avoid comments like ‘you need to say more about ……’ in favour of text that explains the use/need. In some places, there are specific questions we would like answered, these are in capitals and in red font.

Sector Draft Statement Deadline for Comment
Charities and Voluntary Sector Draft Statement (116.5 Kb Word document) Deadline passed, but comments are still welcome until December 2013

 Other User Statements

 

Sector Draft Statement Deadline for Comment
Genealogy Draft Statement (67.5 Kb Word document)  December 2013
Eurostat To be added shortly  -
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