Beyond the 2011 Census in the United Kingdom: with an international perspective

Keith Dugmore

Demographic Decisions Limited

Peter Furness

Peter Furness Limited

Barry Leventhal

BarryAnalytics Limited

Corrine Moy

GfK NOP

Introduction

The Census of Population has underpinned survey research in the UK for more than 30 years. Geodemographic classifications were pioneered in the UK in the mid-1970s, using 1971 census results, and launched into the research industry at the 1979 MRS Conference (Bermingham et al. 1979). At the time of starting to write this paper, we are in the final countdown to the 2011 census, which ‘survived’ the 2010 Treasury Spending Review unscathed and is due to provide a new generation of outputs commencing in the second half of 2012.