These plans detail the analysis we aim to publish in the first year of the Census 2021 analysis programme, and the proposals we are considering publishing in following years. The analysis is listed the order that we intend to publish it. We will provide any updates to these plans later in year, after user feedback and further research and testing of the data.

Planned publications for 2023

Overview of the UK armed forces veteran population

This work will analyse the veteran population of England and Wales, by whether service was as a regular or reserve member of the UK armed forces. It will include analysis by geography and by characteristics, such as:

  • age
  • sex
  • legal partnership status
  • ethnic group
  • religion
  • country of birth

We will re-release this analysis once census data from Scotland are available.

Where the UK armed forces veteran population lives

This analysis will present the housing and accommodation situation of the veteran population in England and Wales, by whether service was as a regular or reserve member of the UK armed forces. It will include analysis by housing characteristics, such as:

  • type of accommodation
  • housing tenure
  • characteristics of household reference person
  • household composition
  • overcrowding

Who the UK armed forces veteran population live with

This analysis will look at the household and family structures of UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales, as well as their support networks and dependants. It will help to understand the wider UK armed forces community and the population supporting veterans, who may need support services too.

Health and well-being of the UK armed forces veteran population

This analysis will present the self-reported general health of the UK armed forces veteran population in England and Wales. It will include the number of veterans with long-term health conditions or disabilities and the provision of unpaid care.

Proposed publications for 2024 and beyond

Employment trends of the UK armed forces veteran population

This analysis will look at employment trends among the UK armed forces veteran population in England and Wales and identify potential barriers to employment. This might include economic inactivity because of long-term illness, or the provision of unpaid care, for example.

The financial situation of UK armed forces veterans

This analysis will identify the financial situations of UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales. It will help to determine whether or not veterans are more likely to find themselves in financial distress than the general population. We will provide this analysis by combining Census 2021 data with data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

UK armed forces veterans and the criminal justice system

This analysis will look at the characteristics associated with offending behaviour among UK armed forces veterans. It will do this, by analysing their activity in the criminal justice system for England and Wales. We will provide this analysis by linking to data from the Ministry of Justice. It aims to help the government to plan additional support for veterans who may be more vulnerable than others.

More information

To find out more about our Census 2021 analysis plans or to provide feedback, email us at census.analysis@ons.gov.uk.