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Data Zone Consultation Response

This document is also available in pdf format.

The consultation documents can be found here.

The Small Area Statistics branch would like to thank the individuals and organisations who contributed to this consultation.



  • Summary
  • Background
  • The Consultation Process

Scottish Government's Plan for Data Zones

  • Data Zones
  • Census Output Areas
  • Overview
  • Higher Level Geographies
  • Lochs and Lakes
  • Coding and Naming
  • Population Data
  • Future Reviews
  • Island Data Zones

Impact of These Changes

  • Implications for Other Statistical Outputs
  • Next Steps

Annex A - Timetable

Annex B - Postcode Drift

Annex C - Summary of Responses


Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics is the Scottish Government's on-going programme to improve the availability, consistency and accessibility of small area statistics in Scotland. Information from SNS is being used to inform the Scottish Government, Community Planning Partnerships, and other public sector agencies' approach to delivering services and improving the quality of life for people living in Scotland.

If you would like to be consulted about new or existing statistical collections or to receive notification of forthcoming statistical publications, please register your statistical interest on the Scottish Government ScotStat web site at www.scotland.gov.uk/scotstat

Current staff names, e-mail addresses as well as a range of other statistical publications can be found on the Scottish Government Web site at www.scotland.gov.uk/stats

Contact Information:

Data Zones Consultation
Office of the Chief Statistician
St Andrew's House
Telephone: 0131 244 0442
e-mail: neighbourhood.statistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk