Internal reports or research Ethnic Grouping (FOI-491)
A FOI request (see link below) revealed that the London Borough of Hackney demanded the term"Cypriot" to appear as an ethnic group in the census statistics to help the borough make decisions about resource allocation for services targeted or tailored to the needs of these groups. Can you please provide evidence of any internal reports or research that demonstrate the need to introduce the grouping on this premise provided that statistics already capture Turkish, Greeks Greeks of Cyprus and Turks of Cyprus separately. https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/consultations/the2021censusinitialviewoncontentforenglandandwales https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/ethnicityandnationalidentityoptions
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A FOI request (see link below) revealed that the London Borough of Hackney demanded the term"Cypriot" to appear as an ethnic group in the census statistics to help the borough make decisions about resource allocation for services targeted or tailored to the needs of these groups.
Can you please provide evidence of any internal reports or research that demonstrate the need to introduce the grouping on this premise provided that statistics already capture Turkish, Greeks Greeks of Cyprus and Turks of Cyprus separately.
Along with many other Local Authorities, Hackney took the opportunity to respond to the 2015 Office of National Statistics consultation in order to highlight ways in which the next Census in 2021 can be more responsive to the needs of the Council and provide a better understanding of the characteristics of our population. We did not request that "Cypriot" be added to the list of Ethnic Groups but suggested that ONS may wish to consider the inclusion of a number of additional ethnic group categories based on our understanding of smaller communities in Hackney, which are currently difficult to identify through the broad Ethnic Group categories used by ONS.
Residents of Cypriot origin are one group amongst a number of others who we find more difficult to identify given the limitations of other proxy questions, such as Nationality, Place of Birth and Passport held. These other ONS questions provide a very limited picture of Hackney communities as many of Cypriot, Turkish or Kurdish origin will be British born, hold a UK passport and describe themselves as British.
This data does not provide us with accurate data on the number of residents of Cypriot origin.
It is important for us to understand the detailed characteristics of the Hackney population, so that we can ensure that resources are allocated fairly and we are aware of any specific needs of residents of different backgrounds. The ethnic group question is problematic in a super-diverse area like Hackney, because many residents will not have a suitable box to tick to reflect their ethnic background. They could be captured under Other White, Mixed, Asian or another category which renders the data of less use to the Council, than if a more detailed set of options were available to self-identify with. Our desire for more ethnic group categories is in order to gain more valuable insight into the Hackney population, as smaller populations can otherwise be overlooked.
The report on which our view on the need to include further ethnic groups are required and is published on the Hackney website via this link
1,104 residents wrote Turkish Cypriot in the free text box, which was an option on the 2011 census form when asking to identify their ethnicity. This identified for us a need to provide further categories in the 2021 Census, where such a high number of residents have identified themselves as having a different ethnic group than the ONS standard categories. We know that there are many more than 1,104 residents of Turkish Cypriot origin and providing this as an option, is likely to provide a more accurate picture of the Hackney population in 2021.
There are no internal reports on this issue, which informed our consultation response.
I trust this provides clarification on this issue for you.
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