One year on: Where do statistics go next?

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.

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In the balance: Identifying differences between UK and EU trade figures

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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. 

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