Across the Pond: To have a census or not

The United Kingdom has examined whether or not to have a traditional census or not. The report is cautious saying the ’social science could suffer if the census was discontinued without serious consideration as to how this data would be replaced.” The report looked at administrative data and existing surveys, any of which might be a useful replacement for the census for a local area. However, the country also needs to have a snapshot of the entire nation.

The results of the inquiry are below.

Short summary:
Decision to scrap Census could hit UK social science according to MPs

The Census and social science
Volume 1: Third Report of Session 2012-13

The Census and social science
Volume II: Third Report of Session 2012-13

The Census and social science
Oral evidence (uncorrected)
Written evidence

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