Statistics for the Public Good – Our New Five-Year Strategy

Statistics for the Public Good – Our New Five-Year Strategy

Statistics for the Public Good – The UK Statistics Authority’s new 5-year strategy was launched Thursday 16 July 2020 following a period of drastic change across the statistical system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sir David Norgrove, chair of the authority, recaps the work that has gone on so far before outlining the principles of the strategy and how they will ensure public statistics can continue to improve into the future. 

Nice one CHAPS: how Bank of England card data are telling us more about consumer spending

The pandemic has had such an impact on our everyday lives – movement restrictions, store closures, panic buying and people occupying more time at home have all influenced our spending patterns and consumer behaviour. David Matthewson explains how, for the first time, the ONS will publish credit and debit card transaction data from the Bank of England that will give us more detailed information on how we have been spending our money over the last twelve months.  

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Counting deaths involving coronavirus: a year in review

Since before the pandemic the Office for National Statistics has been publishing death registrations in England and Wales on a weekly basis. What was once a little-known dataset has become one of the most important and widely used documents for tracking deaths throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Today’s deaths registered weekly in England and Wales marks the end of 2020 death registration. But how does 2020 compare to previous years? Sarah Caul explains the complexities behind mortality comparisons…

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The virus, the vaccine and GDP: Measuring healthcare through the pandemic

Hospital corridor

Measuring the work of public services has probably never been as challenging as in recent months, with many services being reduced due to the pandemic while new services, such as track and trace, have been brought on stream to combat it. Here Jonathan Athow writes about how we have adjusted our previous estimates and how we expanding our statistics to include these new types of services. 

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