Closing the income gap: how we estimate the impact of taxes and benefits on household incomes

The ONS produces an annual assessment of how the UK’s tax and benefits system impacts the incomes of UK households. Measuring the incomes of the whole population presents particular challenges and recently our findings have come under scrutiny. Here Richard Tonkin explains how the ONS estimates are produced and the improvements under way to make sure they remain reliable.

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How could new metrics help to end homelessness?

Homelessness remains one of the most pressing, some say growing, issues that policy makers face but a clear understanding of the causes is hampered by a lack of clear data. The ONS and Centre for Homelessness Impact have launched a consultation on a new set of homelessness indicators which aim to measure factors that influence homelessness, such as housing, poverty, and relationships to try and find new ways to measure what areas are most at risk.  Here Hugh Stickland Ligia Teixeira set out the aims of the consultation and invite contributions.

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Understanding the latest migration trends

Measuring migration is complex, with different data sources measuring different aspects of it.  Here Jay Lindop explains what the latest data shows and the work ONS is doing to understand how different data sources align.

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Why are our children lonely?

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, Ellie Osborn from the Social Well-being Analysis team looks at recent work the ONS has done that contributes to society’s understanding of loneliness, particularly in children and young people, and how we can help and improve mental health in the younger generation.

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Are there more people diagnosed with cancer?

Since 2001, the number of cancer diagnoses in England has increased from 234,362 to 305,683 in 2017. Currently one in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. However, there is some good news.  Sarah Caul takes a look at the bigger picture behind cancer statistics.

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