The response to the coronavirus pandemic has been driven by data. Never before have statistics been so crucial in informing decisions that affect us all. Here Pete Benton explains how the ONS will be maximising the value of the data collected from Census 2021 and how it aims to provide ever more timely statistics moving forwards.
In the middle of 2020, the UK Statistics Authority embarked on its new five- year strategy, “Statistics for the Public Good”. Launched at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statistical system has since gone above and beyond to ensure the country has the data it needs now and in years immediately ahead. In this post Professor Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician, reflects on how far the Office for National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority has come and what’s coming next.Read more on One year on: Where do statistics go next?
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Here at the ONS we lead on reporting UK data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jo Evans leads our…Read more on Good data from any source can help us report on the global goals to the UN
There is continuing interest in the apparent disparities between the UK’s official statistics on trade and those produced by the European Union (EU), which have increased since the end of the Brexit transition period. The ONS is working hard to identify and resolve these issues. However, as Matt Hughes explains, a fundamental accounting difference appears to be the major factor.Read more on In the balance: Identifying differences between UK and EU trade figures