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Main language (detailed for England, Northern Ireland and Wales) 2011

Dataset population: Persons aged 3 and over

Main language (detailed)
The language that is a person's first or preferred language.
This information helps central government, local authorities and the NHS to allocate resources and provide services for non-English speakers, e.g. English teaching and translation services. It is a better indicator than country of birth, which was previously used to forecast the additional cost of providing services to people whose first language is not English.
The data are also used to assess the impact of English or Welsh language ability on employment and other social inclusion indicators.
Information on the number of British Sign Language users helps with service planning and assists in developing policies to address the needs of the deaf community.
These statistics are used by public service providers to effectively target the delivery of their services, for example in the provision of translation and interpretation services, the availability of English language lessons, and the distribution of official information leaflets in alternative languages.

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Publisher
Modified Date
2017-08-30
Release Date
2017-08-30
Frequency
Decennial
Identifier
2faceddd-d2e6-4bb7-b41c-42498c12ea12
Geographical Coverage Location
England, Northern Ireland and Wales
Licence
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Granularity
Country level down to Output Areas and Small Areas
Public Access Level
Public
Year: 
Citation: 
Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5257/census/aggregate-2011-2