Latest News

History & Policy submission to the Office for National Statistics consultation on the future of the Census

  • RSS Feed Icon

On 26 October, the Office for National Statistics concluded a consultation process around plans that would see the abolishion of the decennial census, most recently taken in 2021. The proposal is to replace it with a ‘statistics system’ constructed by piecing together a wide range of databases currently collected by different government departments and commercial organisations.In a submission to the ONS which can be read here, History & Policy pointed out that the national census is not only an information source for today’s planners and analysts, but also a national treasure providing all citizens with access to an invaluable resource to know their families’ histories. H&P argues that while innovations to improve the nation’s short-term statistical knowledge may be desirable, this should not be done at the expense of maintaining the long-term cultural value of the decennial census for our own posterity.   

About Us

H&P is based at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

Read More