The POST board has approved 9 new POSTnotes. From blue carbon and genome editing, to space defense and early childhood education, find out how to contribute as an expert.
- 26 January 2021, 09:30 to 10:30 GMT
- This closed briefing is open to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.
- We can extend invitations to attend to government officials and civil servants. If you belong to one of these groups please contact us at email@example.com to discuss your attendance.
The national census for England and Wales will take place on 21 March 2021. The census is conducted every ten years and collects valuable and detailed information about every household. The data is used to shape policy, allocate resources, plan public services and monitor equality. For the first time, this will be a digital-first census, with targeted support and activities to maximise participation across all communities.
In this closed briefing, speakers from the Office for National Statistics will give an overview of the plans for the 2021 census, including its operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and significant changes since 2011. Discussion will also focus on public engagement, data accessibility of census outputs and perspectives on the future of a decennial census in the digital age. Speakers from the House of Commons Library will reflect on the value of census data for parliamentary scrutiny and in providing research services, and how the needs of Parliament for social data are evolving.
Cassie Barton – Library Clerk, Social and General Statistics Section, House of Commons Library
Iain Bell – Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy, ONS
Nicola Tyson-Payne – Interim Director of Transformation, Population and Public Policy, ONS
Penny Young – House of Commons Librarian
Chair’s closing remarks
Who can join
This briefing is open to parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, Government officials and public servant.
Assessing the benefits of early childhood education and care is complicated. This POSTnote will look at the evidence landscape and the impact of recent policy.
Digital skills are increasingly important for day-to-day life, including for communication, accessing services and employment. However, around a fifth of the population do not have essential digital skills for life as defined by the UK Government. While research suggests the number of people with basic digital skills has increased in recent years, concerns remain about those who lack them. Experts have highlighted that digitally excluded people may experience various negative impacts, including poorer health outcomes and social isolation This POSTnote gives an overview of digital skills in the UK, the impact of a lack of digital skills on outcomes in areas such as employment and health, and initiatives in place to improve digital skills.