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Language proficiency, spoken English

Mnemonic (reference code): LANGPRF

Note: This variable is also listed under the titles 'Proficiency in spoken English' and 'English language proficiency, spoken'

Type: Primary variable

Definition: LANGPRF refers to how proficient people are in spoken English. People are asked to self-assess how well they can speak English and choose from the options 'Very well', 'Well', 'Not well' and 'Not at all'.

Applicability: Person


Local Characteristic (LC) Postcode Sector

A LC sector was one of 2 special postcode sectors created for 2011 Census Output.

A postcode sector comprises all the unit postcodes that have the same identifier except for the last two characters. Special postcode sectors are created for census output to ensure sectors conform to a minimum threshold and do not cross Council Area boundaries. LC sectors have a minimum threshold of 20 households and 50 persons, the same minimum threshold as Census Output Areas.

Long-term health problem or disability

Mnemonic (reference code): DISABILITY

Type: Primary variable

Definition: A long-term health problem or disability that limits a person’s day-to-day activity, and has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months. This includes problems that are related to old age. People were asked to assess whether their daily activities were limited a lot or a little by such a health problem, or whether their daily activities were not limited at all.

Applicability: Person

Living arrangements

Mnemonic reference (code): LARPUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The ‘living arrangements’ classification combines responses to the question on marital and civil partnership status with information about whether or not a person is living in a couple. This classification is only applicable to people in households.


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