In the months ahead ONS will continue to provide new information to inform the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New analysis of the transmission rate will be included along with further insight on the social and economic impacts. In this post Liz McKeown and Grant Fitzner, who are leading the analytical response, reflect on our progress so far, and describe our plans going forward.Read more on Informing the pandemic response: What’s next from the ONS?
Soon after the pandemic began, Jonathan Athow wrote here about challenges the ONS would face in measuring its effect on the UK economy. Since then the first official data has revealed the scale of the immediate impact. As more data comes on stream, here he updates on the continuing work to ensure the ONS is able to paint the most accurate picture possible of these dramatic recent changes.Read more on ‘No part of the economy remains untouched’: update on how the ONS is measuring the impact of COVID-19
To aid the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the ONS has been introducing many new surveys and started using wider sources of data. Meanwhile important transformational work in other areas, including consumer price statistics has continued. Together the planned improvements form the most significant change to inflation statistics in a generation and will greatly improve the detail and representativity of the ONS measures.Read more on Store and online data will bring a generational change to ONS price statistics
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) has launched a new housing statistics interactive tool, which will help users explore the landscape and range of housing, planning, homelessness and rough sleeping statistics produced by Government.Read more on Together at last – UK’s planning and housing statistics now in one place
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.Read more on About the size of a London flat