ONS publishes widely used estimates of household income, including how much people earn, what benefits they receive and how much they pay in taxes as well as looking at the gap between the richest and poorest households. Here Dominic Webber writes about the important work to improve the quality of these statistics and provide more detailed information on this much debated topic.
Mortality rates have been falling and life expectancy rising since the inception of these statistics in the mid-19th century. However, recent reports suggest these improvements may be coming to an end. Here, statistician Chris White looks at what the most recent evidence tells us.Read more
For the last two years ONS has been assisted in its important work measuring the fast-changing UK economy by its…Read more
Covering a multitude of widely diverse businesses from multinationals to one-person bands engaged in activities from domestic plumbing to building skyscrapers, the construction sector is notoriously difficult to measure. Yet it accounts for approximately six per cent of the UK’s GDP and is a heavily scrutinised part of the economy. Delivering better construction statistics has been a recent priority for ONS. Here Ceri Lewis explains what’s been achieved so far.Read more
Few issues are more important than housing. Now statisticians from across government have begun a new initiative to bring harmony and coherence to figures currently published by more than seven different departments and public bodies. As Iain Bell explains, the new approach is designed to put the needs of users first.Read more
We’ve published our latest population projections – an indication of future population size. These projections will support a wide range of planning activities in sectors such as health, housing, education, transport, business development and beyond. Here, Andrew Nash explains how we produce these local figures that go up to 2041.Read more