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A article out today provides useful information for local authorities. ...
A article out today provides useful information for local authorities.

The Spring issue of Population Trends published today by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, introduces the new OPCS area classifications based on the 1991 Census, using local authority districts in Great Britain.

An article in the Spring issue illustrates the methodology and results for local authority districts.

Each district in Great Britain is classified as the centre of a small cluster of districts which correspond closely to it in their characteristics.

Each district is also classified as a member of a cluster of similar districts - as a member of one of six families, and as a member of one of twelve groups, and as a member of one of thirty four clusters.

The results of the classification for local authorities include:

- Corresponding districts are often within the same geographical region of Britain, but exceptional districts like Eastwood or Bearsden and Milngavie in Strathclyde link with districts at the other end of Britain.

- Districts outside Greater London and the other main centres of population tend to have the closest degrees of similarity with other districts. Districts in Greater London and other metroplitan areas tend to be less like other districts.

The classifications can be used to compare performances of local organisations in areas of similar character, and to target resources and activity to particular types of area.

Uses of the new classifications will also include the 'profiling' of other data, such as causes of death, to inveatigate whether occurence differs significantly by area type.

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