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Release: 2011 Census, Local Characteristics on Health and Unpaid Care for Output Areas in England and Wales

Released: 30 August 2013


Peter Stokes

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Estimates, People and Places, People, Identity, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Labour Market, People not in Work, Economic Inactivity

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Output Area

Survey name(s): Census

In this release

This release provides Local Characteristics tables on Health and Unpaid Care, which include cross tabulations of two or more topics from the census at Output Area (OA) level, in England and Wales.  Local Characteristics tables give the greatest level of detail possible for all local areas, as the OA is the lowest level of geography for which census estimates are produced.

The tables in this release add to the picture of Health and Unpaid Care provided in the release of Detailed Characteristics for Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) and for 2011 Census Merged Wards published on 12 July 2013.

Due to the level of detail included in Local Characteristics tables, and the lower level of geography, in order to prevent disclosure of individuals' information some classifications have been collapsed. As far as possible comparability with Detailed Characteristics tables has been retained.

Analysis of unpaid care data was undertaken as part of an earlier release, including a summary focusing on younger carers and more detailed analysis of unpaid care provided by males and females and how this varied by age, general health status and economic activity.

Interactive maps and data visualisation on health and unpaid care, which enable comparisons between 2001 and 2011 have also been produced for a previous release. These are available at local authority level.

More information about OAs and other geographic areas is available from ONS Geography.

All 13 Local Characteristics tables are available from the Nomis website. Each table can be accessed directly using the links in the reference table (25.5 Kb Excel sheet) . The tables are also available for a range of other geographies, including health administration areas, wards, parishes and parliamentary constituencies. The estimates for these additional geographies are best-fitted from output areas in line with the Geography Policy for National Statistics.

Detailed Characteristics and Local Characteristics tables from previous releases are also available from the Nomis website.

During 2013 ONS will release further Detailed Characteristics tables for MSOAs and 2011 Census Merged Wards, and further statistics for lower levels of geography such as wards and super output areas. These will continue to provide an even richer and more valuable data source for the many users of the census.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology used and information about how other population sub-groups are counted and defined, is available in the in the 2011 Census user guide.

Further information on the fitness for purpose of the statistics in this release can be found in the Quality and Methodology Information paper (157.6 Kb Pdf) .

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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