A guest blog from Sir David Spigelhalter to mark the first anniversary of the refreshed Code of Practice for StatisticsRead more on Statisticians may have a bit of an image problem – but their Code of Practice is full of good sense.
A spate of news stories has claimed that March is one of the ‘deadliest’ months with more deaths occurring over the past five years than in most other months. But as Sarah Caul explains, those numbers don’t quite add up.Read more on Beware the Ides of March? ONS data reveals which month we are really most likely to die in.
Some recent ground-breaking work from ONS on topics including deaths of homeless people and the impact of migration has been the result of the new ONS centres for Public Policy Analysis. Here, Liz McKeown provides an update on the work of these centres and their achievements so far.Read more on Filling in the gaps: Introducing our new quarterly public policy analysis review
From the time you start work to getting married and starting a family, how do today’s young people’s lives differ from their parents’ and grandparents’? Iain Bell discusses how ONS has been contributing more insights on the emerging generations, providing better data for policy makers to make the right decisions.Read more on The young ones: how do young people’s lives now differ from previous generations’?
Evolving shopping habits are keeping UK retailers on their toes, forcing many to adapt to survive. The rise of online sales and the disappearance of some big names from UK high streets have also challenged ONS to maintain the accuracy and relevance of the Retail Sales Index. As Rhian Murphy explains, the breadth of its coverage means the RSI remains a leading indicator – not just of retailing but of the economy as a whole.Read more on Shopping Around for Retail Data? How ONS keeps tabs on a fast-changing sector