The response to the coronavirus pandemic has been driven by data. Never before have statistics been so crucial in informing decisions that affect us all. Here Pete Benton explains how the ONS will be maximising the value of the data collected from Census 2021 and how it aims to provide ever more timely statistics moving forwards.Read more on Population and social statistics in a rapidly changing world
The latest ONS mid-year estimates suggest the UK population has reached 67 million for the first time. But the year…Read more on How many people live in the UK?
The UK’s National Data Strategy sets out the government’s vision for supporting the UK to build a world-leading data economy. The Office for National Statistics is mentioned throughout and is playing a pivotal role on delivering several elements of this strategy. In today’s blog Alison Pritchard talks through all of the work the ONS is doing for this strategy to ensure the UK is able to transform the way it uses data in order to improve decision making and the services people rely on.Read more on How the ONS is helping to deliver the National Data Strategy
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of producing a clear and consistent UK-wide picture of people’s lives and the state of the economy. Our statistics on income and earnings are a critical component of this picture, necessary to understand its impact on wages, incomes, and more broadly household finances. Here, Debra Prestwood explains how statistical producers from across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) are coming together to improve the coherence and accessibility of these data.Read more on Strengthening Income and Earnings statistics
The ONS is reporting signs of a recent increase in COVID-19 infection rates in much of the UK. There are also indications of the first cases of the newer B.1.617.2 variant. The ONS survey repeatedly tests a large, randomised sample of the entire community population. In this post Sarah Crofts explains what it can tell us about the spread of COVID-19 variants.Read more on Understanding COVID-19 Variants – What Can The Coronavirus Infection Survey Tell Us?