The ONS is reporting signs of a recent increase in COVID-19 infection rates in much of the UK. There are also indications of the first cases of the newer B.1.617.2 variant. The ONS survey repeatedly tests a large, randomised sample of the entire community population. In this post Sarah Crofts explains what it can tell us about the spread of COVID-19 variants.
Popular perceptions of ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ regions tend to ignore the significant income inequalities within local areas. For the first time the ONS has revealed an even more detailed picture of local incomes across the UK. Here Becky Tinsley explains how the new figures have been calculated – and why they’re important.Read more on Making ends meet: how the ONS is producing more detailed income estimates
For over a decade, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has provided vital insight into the UK digital economy, tracking development across E-commerce and ICT use, Internet Access, Internet Users and Sharing Economy. As the pandemic has transformed elements of how we conduct business and live our lives, Emma Reed talks about how the ONS is working to improve our measurement of the digital economy.Read more on Measuring the digital economy: Adapting and Evolving
The UK’s National Data Strategy sets out the government’s vision for supporting the UK to build a world-leading data economy. The Office for National Statistics is mentioned throughout and is playing a pivotal role on delivering several elements of this strategy. In today’s blog Alison Pritchard talks through all of the work the ONS is doing for this strategy to ensure the UK is able to transform the way it uses data in order to improve decision making and the services people rely on.Read more on How the ONS is helping to deliver the National Data Strategy
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of producing a clear and consistent UK-wide picture of people’s lives and the state of the economy. Our statistics on income and earnings are a critical component of this picture, necessary to understand its impact on wages, incomes, and more broadly household finances. Here, Debra Prestwood explains how statistical producers from across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) are coming together to improve the coherence and accessibility of these data.Read more on Strengthening Income and Earnings statistics
The last year has been transformative for the use and understanding of public data, including at the Office for National Statistics. In this piece, which first appeared in the Times, the UK’s National Statistician, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, breaks down how far we’ve come.Read more on The pandemic has revolutionised public data and there’s no turning back