In 2018, Dame Sally Davies, then Chief Medical Officer, called for an official index on England’s health. Her aim was to ensure that “health is recognised and treated as one of our nation’s primary assets…alongside GDP and the Measuring National Well-being programme.” As consultation on the proposed index gets under way, Greg Ceely explains the development work ONS has undertaken so far and what the provisional findings show.Read more on Developing the Health Index for England
Statistics on household finances have historically focused on either income, spending, or wealth. While each of these individual measures provides important…Read more on A Wealth of Data: New Insight on Economic Inequality
Every year, organisations and communities come together on World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness of how we can create a society where fewer people reach the point where they feel suicide is their only option. Ben Windsor-Shellard from the ONS, along with Magdalena Tomaszewska and Mette Isaksen from Samaritans, reflect on the latest suicide figures and analysis of suicide rates by local area deprivation.Read more on How does living in a more deprived area influence rates of suicide?
Early data from police forces suggest crimes recorded in England and Wales have fallen since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. For a wider overall picture of crime most users tend to look to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. But the suspension of face-to-face interviewing has forced the ONS to modify this large household survey. In this post Billy Gazard explains what’s changed and what you need to be aware of in interpreting our next set of crime statistics.Read more on What’s happened to crime during the pandemic? How ONS has responded to the measurement challenge
As the coronavirus pandemic develops, it is crucial the ONS updates its mortality analysis to ensure the best evidence is…Read more on Ethnicity, Disability, Religion: Which groups are at most risk of death involving COVID-19?