Data

About the size of a London flat

Over-crowding is an indicator of housing deprivation and living in such conditions is associated with adverse personal and health effects. Here, Brogan Taylor explains how the ONS is seeking to fill an evidence gap in this important policy area by combining new sources of data with other information about people and houses to provide new measures of living conditions.

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Building on firm foundations: Using new data sources to transform construction statistics

The Office for National Statistics is increasingly looking to harness alternative data sources from both Government and the private sector, to improve the quality of statistics and reduce the burden for firms needing to filling out questionnaires. Here John Allcoat explains how we regained national statistics status for our statistics by using a wider set of private sector data sources to help us improve our estimates of the construction industry.

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Understanding the extent and nature of child abuse

Child abuse is an appalling crime against some of the most vulnerable in society. It’s something that’s not often discussed or well understood, and there has been a lack of complete statistics. The Office for National Statistics has been working to produce the most comprehensive picture possible by incorporating questions into the Crime Survey for England and Wales and analysing this alongside other sources of data, which can only tell a partial story. Here Meghan Elkin explains how bringing data sources together helps us better understand both the nature of child abuse and the potential demand on support services.

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Informing the election: 2019

The ONS doesn’t just produce the UK’s most important numbers. Making sense of data is central to our mission too. Miles Fletcher looks back at how impartial ONS expertise again helped the UK’s major news broadcasters to find and interpret statistics in the 2019 General Election.  

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