ONS is committed to continually improving its existing population and migration statistics. These are the statistics that bridge the gap between Censuses. Often this means researching better methods. It also means engaging with users, responding to your needs, and assessing other improvements - for example, timeliness. The Beyond 2011 programme researching longer term alternatives to a traditional Census reports its findings separately, but the two research programmes are linked and collaborate regularly.
Every Census presents an opportunity to review our statistics on the size and characteristics of the population. As most of our statistics are aimed at bridging the gap between Censuses, research programmes tend to reflect this 10 year cycle.
Other improvements to our population and migration statistics since the last Census.
ONS is committed to engaging with users. This link will take you to the population section of StatsUserNet, an online forum where we can keep you regularly updated on our research and other initiatives. You will need to register or login to participate.
In the years leading up to the last Census, this programme extensively researched how we could improve our migration statistics. The programme is now complete and some methods developed are now in use. This is an archive of the programme's work.
If you have any questions, please email us or post on StatsUserNet.
Population Statistics Research Unit
Office for National Statistics