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Notes on the Household Projections

Notes on the Household Projections

  • Method used: Household projections are produced every two years. These household projections incorporate information from the latest (revised 2004-based) population projections, and information from the last two Censuses is used to project trends in household formation. More detailed information on the methodology is available in Annex A: Household projections and methodology.

  • Uses: Household projections are mainly used for informing local authority decisions about future housing need and service provision.

  • Interpreting the projections: It is important to remember that the projections provide an indication of what would happen if past trends continue. They do not take account of policy initiatives, or other factors that may affect future populations. In addition, projections for small groups are likely to be less reliable than those for larger groups.