The UK censuses took place on 27 March 2011. They were run by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA), National Records of Scotland (NRS), and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for both England and Wales. The UK comprises the countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. ONS is responsible for disseminating census statistics for the UK.

Statistics from the UK censuses help paint a picture of the nation and how we live. They provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics, and underpin funding allocation to provide public services. This is the home for all UK census data.

The Statement of Agreement of the National Statistician and the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland

This statement ensures that the independent censuses carried out in each constituent country of the UK are able to provide consistent and high quality statistics that meet user requirements for UK level data.

Download the latest version of the statement (5.01 Mb Pdf)

Previous versions of the agreement are available; see How we planned the 2011 Census.

Now that the majority of outputs from the 2011 Census are available, it is timely to evaluate compliance with the agreement.

Download the Statement of compliance (426.8 Kb Pdf)

UK Comparability report

A report showing comparability of the census questions and outputs across the UK (930.6 Kb Pdf) is available to download.

Accompanying this report are one table showing the UK tables released and the equivalent tables (82 Kb Excel sheet) for each country, and a second table showing the mappings for each UK table (768 Kb Excel sheet).