In March 2020, as the nation was urged to stay at home and only to leave for essential reasons, our lives were turned upside down. At ONS, most staff moved to homeworking, and those of us with children found ourselves, in common with millions of others, trying to combine childcare and home-schooling with working in new ways. Here Tim Vizard looks back over the impact we’ve seen the pandemic having on people’s lives.
For the first time in four decades life expectancy for men in the UK has fallen. But what does that…Read more on Has the Coronavirus pandemic caused life expectancy in the UK to fall?
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Alison Pritchard, Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability at the Office for National Statistics, considers the vital role of data in helping to improve our mental health.Read more on Better data for better mental health
Using new methods, the ONS has, for the first time, been able to provide insights into the health outcomes of different ethnic groups. Julie Stanborough explains why this experimental data is so important and outlines some of the complexities behind the statistics used.Read more on Advancing knowledge on ethnic differences in health
The ONS works closely with the United Nations on a number of international projects to improve statistics around the world. With older populations often having suffered the worst impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, awareness of the need for better evidence on the impact of ageing populations has increased. Here Rich Pereira explains why the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is leading international work to develop a standard approach to producing improved statistics on an issue of increasing global significance.Read more on Working with the United Nations to improve data on Ageing