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.
Today marks the publication of The Official History of Britain: our story in numbers as told by the Office for National Statistics. Described by the Sunday Times as an “early stocking-filler” and “future quizzers’ manual”, the book celebrates the richness and detail of ONS and Census statistics down the years. In this post ONS co-author David Bradbury tells readers what to expect.Read more on The wait is over!
One of the less discussed economic issues in the pandemic has been the big fall in business investment, which contributes to GDP and is also a driver of future productivity growth. Here David Roberts looks at recent trends and what they tell us about the economy.Read more on Prosperity postponed? How businesses have cut investment through the pandemic
A challenge faced by ONS during the pandemic is the inability to conduct face-to-face household interviews, having to rely on telephone surveys instead. So we’ve been exploring how this might have affected responses to our Labour Force Survey on which the key UK employment data are based. Jonathan Athow explains what we have found and how we plan to tackle it.Read more on Measuring the labour market during the pandemic
One of the challenges of measuring the economy through the pandemic has been estimating the contribution of the public sector, when the relationship between public spending and outputs – for example classes taught or operations conducted – is very different from pre-COVID-19 times. Katherine Mills talks about how we’ve approached the issue.Read more on School’s Out: measuring education output in the summer of the pandemic
In less than 6 months from now, everyone in England and Wales will be asked to take part in Census…Read more on Our plans for running Census 2021 in the time of coronavirus