Among the very largest numbers produced by the ONS are the financial estimates of the value of the UK itself – its physical assets, and, perhaps most fundamentally, the value of the land beneath our feet. In this post Marianthi Dunn explains how the ONS is improving the measurement of land value – and why it matters.Read more on Beneath our feet: improving estimates of UK land value
Income and earning statistics are important metrics used to measure changes in our society, including the numbers of people in poverty and the gap between rich and poor. Debra Prestwood tells us about a new interactive tool that pulls together information from across government on this topic into one easy-to-find location.Read more on One-stop shop for income and earnings statistics
The COVID-19 Schools Infection Survey (SIS) was launched at the start of the 2020-21 academic year, aiming to gain an insight into how the pandemic has affected children’s lives and their education. The first findings from this important study, jointly led by The Office for National Statistics (ONS), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and UK Health Security Agency, have now been published. Fiona Dawe explains the vital role this data plays.Read more on Using the COVID-19 School Infection Survey to measure the impact of the pandemic on children
We’ve released the first episode of our new monthly podcast, Statistically Speaking, looking at the rapid creation and early days of the ONS’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey.
Find out how to listen here.Read more on A survey like no other: Tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the general population
To compare how different economies have been impacted by the pandemic, it’s important to understand how different countries measure the output of their public services. So far, the complexity of this topic has made accurate comparisons challenging. Laura Caldwell talks about how the ONS has been working with our colleagues in the OECD to get to the bottom of the issue.Read more on How different countries have measured the output of public services during the pandemic