We’re moving….

…..but not very far!Boxes

This is the final post on the Warwickshire Observatory Blog.

From today you will find all of our reports, analysis, information sharing, news, views and ramblings on our new look website


We will be bringing a lot of material from the old website, and also from this Blog, with us. However in addition the new site offers:

  • A single home for all of the Observatory’s web content
  • Easier searching for our reports and analysis
  • Links through to our Local Information System to access data about Warwickshire’s local areas and communities
  • Integration with our social media feeds
  • A new and fresh look
  • The opportunity to do a bit of a ‘spring clean’

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will continue to receive alerts around new postings via our regular ‘Bulletin’ round-up.

Finally, thanks for visiting our Blog over the past five years. Do bookmark  www.warwickshireobservatory.org and let us know what you think of the new site, or if you have anything you wish to share.


Andy Davis

Warwickshire Observatory Manager






Want to join our Research Team?

A member of our Research Team has just started a 12 month secondment elsewhere in the council.

As a result, the Research Team currently has a 12 month fixed term opportunity for a Research & Insight Officer. We can offer this as a secondment for a successful Warwickshire County Council candidate.

Further details of the role, person specification, and application form are available from our job site, West Midlands Jobs


The closing date for applications is 20th August 2014


Season’s Greetings from the Warwickshire Observatory

Season’s Greetings from all of the team at the Warwickshire Observatory.

We hope you re-visit our Blog in the New Year, and we will also be publishing our next Observatory Newsletter in January. 

Merry Christmas!

2011 Census – One month to go!

Plans are now well under way for the forthcoming Census Day, which takes place on Sunday 27th March 2011.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be sending out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete, asking about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, marital status and so on. The answers will be turned into statistics used to build a picture of today’s society.

The national marketing and promotions campaign – organised by ONS – started last week, including TV peaktime advertising, posters in key sites around the country, a roadshow touring the country providing help and guidance, and newspaper and magazine articles and advertisements.

The Census forms start to get posted out over the next ten days, the interactive form website gets launched on the 4th March, as does the ONS telephone helpline. 

In Warwickshire we are supplementing the national marketing campaign with some locally based support and guidance. This will be centred around our library network across the County, and the exact dates and times of when and where support is available will be posted on the County Council’s website once the final details have been sorted; www.warwickshire.gov.uk

For further details about the Census, including why we need a Census, why its important for public services locally, what is in the questionnaire, and how your data is used and protected, take a look at the ONS website; www.census.gov.uk

And we’ll blog further news as we closer to 27th March!

Census 2011 – Census Talk

The Office for National Statistics have published the latest edition of Census Talk. Published quarterly, it features the latest news and information about the preparations and plans for the 2011 Census in England and Wales.

The Autumn edition of Census Talk launches with less than four months to go before census day, 27 March 2011.

The spotlight continues on the recruitment campaign, with the latest round of census co-ordinator, census collector and special enumerator roles attracting thousands of quality applicants. The mysteries of ‘special enumeration’ are revealed, and how this work is vital in making sure the 2011 Census includes all those people who do not live in households, but in communal establishments of all shapes and sizes – from boarding schools, caravan parks and marinas to prisons, military camps, hospitals and care homes.


  • Recruitment is go
  • Census independent review under way
  • From the communal to the unusual
  • Community action
  • Census competition helps celebrate British diversity
  • Census pilots help guarantee quality statistics
  • www.census.gov.uk gets interactive
  • Census methodology tutorials

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Warwickshire Quarterly Economic Review

The latest Quarterly Economic Review (March 2010) has just been published.

Click on the link for details of the latest claimant count for Warwickshire, Regional Skills Assessment, Chancellor’s Budget Report, and local economic news.

Warwickshire Quarterly Economic Review

Latest Population Trends published

The Office for National Statistics have just published the latest edition of Population Trends. Issue 138 is available through the following link;


The latest report contains articles on 2011 Output Geographies, Census 2011 Address Registers, Estimating the Veteran population in England, and an analysis of people in their 20’s & 30’s living with parents.