This dataset provides 2011 Census estimates that classify usual residents aged 16 and over in Wales by ability to speak Welsh and by NS-SeC. The estimates are as at census day, 27 March 2011.

This information helps public bodies to understand the extent to which the Welsh language is used and, therefore, to meet their statutory duties under the Welsh Language Act 1993. It is also used for policy development and monitoring, and provides data for the allocation of grants to support the Welsh language.

These statistics are also used to help in developing and monitoring policy aimed at assessing the needs of the population according to their socio-economic status.
Statistical Disclosure Control
In order to protect against disclosure of personal information from the 2011 Census, there has been swapping of records in the Census database between different geographic areas, and so some counts will be affected. In the main, the greatest effects will be at the lowest geographies, since the record swapping is targeted towards those households with unusual characteristics in small areas.

More details on the ONS Census disclosure control strategy may be found on the Statistical Disclosure Control page on the ONS web site.
Table ID
DC2613WA
Source
Census 2011
Units
Keywords
Welsh language skills, NS-SeC
Coverage
Wales
Area types
Ward/MSOA and above
Latest data
2011
Last updated
2013-11-29 09:30
Variables
NS-SeC, Ability to Speak Welsh
Contact
Census
Email
census.customerservices@ons.gov.uk
Phone
01329 444 972
Website
http://www.ons.gov.uk/census
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