It is our explicit long-term goal to work with data owners to identify and remove all unnecessary barriers to access.
An increasing number of our datasets are available without registration or authentication using open data licences described in our Data Access Policy. These data are for use with an open licence and are not classified as personal. We are also working to gain open data certification via the Open Data Institute.
We also provide links to other open data resources that may be of interest.
Many of the UK Census data we hold are available without registration or authentication, via the Open Government Licence
Census aggregate data
Census flow data
Census boundary data
The Census Microdata Teaching Datasets for Great Britain were created from existing digital records from the 1981, 1971 and 1961 Censuses. They can be used as 'taster' files for Census data and are freely available for anyone to download under an Open Government Licence: