Office for National Statistics

How the ONS is helping to deliver the National Data Strategy

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.

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Strengthening Income and Earnings statistics

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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.

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Understanding COVID-19 Variants – What Can The Coronavirus Infection Survey Tell Us?

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.

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The ONS reaches its silver jubilee

Created in April 1996, the Office for National Statistics is marking its 25th birthday this month. The anniversary comes after a year in which our statistics have featured in the media and public debate as never before. Here David Bradbury, who joined the organisation soon after its formation, explains how the foundations for our ability to deliver reliable and timely data at a time of national crisis were laid over previous decades.

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