By Oliver W Duke-Williams, on 27 March 2014
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced today that Jil Matheson, the National Statistician, has recommended a predominantly online census in 2021 supplemented by the further use of administrative and survey data. A similar announcement has been made by National Records of Scotland, with regard to the 2021 census in Scotland.
This announcement comes after a lengthy consultation process, which looked at the future of census-taking in the UK. In their consultation, ONS considered two options:
- a decennial census similar to the current approach, but largely conducted online
- replacement with data captured from administrative sources, accompanied with a rolling annual sample survey.