The Office for National Statistics have been hard at work revising their methodology for creating population estimates. Revised mid-year estimates for local authority resident populations were published in summer, with revised small area estimates published earlier this month. This includes the 2009 population estimates, as well as revised estimates for 2002-2008.
The overall national population has not been changed, only the way that this is split between local authorities and small areas. Elsewhere we’ve published analysis onthe changes at local authority level (published on our OCSI blog).
Given the impact on critical local indicators such as unemployment benefit rates, local information systems need to be using the updated data. We have already revised all indicators in the Data Packs to reflect the new population denominators, and will revise indicators from other suppliers as and when these are published. Users of the Data Packs again benefit from time and resource savings.
The full list of new and updated datasets are in the User area (login required), including details of all indicators in the Data Packs.
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