During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in England, people in some ethnic groups, particularly Black and Asian groups, were more likely to be infected, diagnosed and die with COVID-19 than people in the White group. The reasons for this are complex and recent reports by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Race Disparity Unit summarise the available evidence to date on reasons for the inequalities reported. It is critical that we understand the reasons in order that we can take steps to protect people from across the population. With so much analysis published, it can be difficult to keep up to date with what it shows. Here Chris White (Office for National Statistics) and Justine Fitzpatrick (Public Health England) summarise the latest reports.Read more on What do the latest analyses from ONS and PHE tell us about ethnic inequalities in COVID-19?
As we head towards the end of a very challenging year, analytical directors, Liz McKeown and Darren Morgan reflect on the huge efforts put in by colleagues at the ONS to maintain, improve and develop new high-quality statistics on a scale never seen before.Read more on Looking back at 2020: A statistical year like no other
There has been much debate about ONS’s range of inflation indices and differing uses for them. One of the less talked about measures are the Household Cost Indices (HCIs), which show the impact of price changes on household budgets. Here Chris Payne writes about their development and what they can tell us.Read more on Measuring inflation: does how you pay matter?
It was only ten years ago today that the United Nations agreed there should be an “International Day of Older People”. While social care is not limited to older people, it is an issue of widespread relevance in an ageing population. Here Sophie John, ONS Head of Social Care Analysis, explains the work being done to identify and address gaps in data that could help inform our understanding of adult social care.Read more on Shining a light on what we know about adult social care
Today the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is launching a new interactive tool to allow people to access a range of COVID-19 data, graphs and data visualisations in one place. In this blog, Ruth Studley explains what this includes and how it is different to other tools already produced by the ONS.Read more on Bringing the latest data on COVID-19 all in one place