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Two Years On: What the COVID-19 Infection Survey has achieved so far – and what comes next

Picture of a person doing a swab test

Launched at speed soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ONS-led COVID-19 Infection Survey has achieved international recognition as a “gold standard” source of vital data. Two years – and around nine million swab tests – later it continues to provide unique insight on infections and antibodies in the general population of the UK.

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First Census 2021 results are on the way

Picture of the online census form

The first results from Census 2021 in England and Wales will be released on 28 June. The population and household estimates from the decennial survey will guide the planning of local and national services we all rely on. But they are just the first brushstrokes of the detailed picture of the nation we will paint over coming months and years, a picture which will get richer and more detailed as we go.

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Measuring rents: stock vs flow

Rental prices are a key element of the housing market, and we have seen these picking up since the impact of the pandemic. Our previous blog explained the importance of the private rental sector (PRS) and how we are working to make better use of detailed rental data to develop a clearer picture of what is happening within the rental market. Here, Chris Jenkins explains some of the differences between how rental data are measured.  

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Looking beyond GDP and providing insights on climate change

Today, for the first time, we are publishing climate change insights alongside our first quarterly estimate of GDP, outlining options for measuring quarterly emissions, and committing to plans to develop ‘Beyond GDP’ measures of inclusive income. In this post, Liz McKeown shares an update on the work of the ONS in informing understanding of economic, environmental and social progress.

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Times they are a-changing: and with them, two key ONS surveys

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a huge impact on our daily lives, from how we live as a society to the running of businesses and workplaces. Here Tim Vizard and Emily Hopson look at how two surveys we introduced at the very beginning of the pandemic have been helping to inform our understanding of its consequences – and the changes we are making now as we learn to live with Covid.

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