Measuring inflation: how ONS keeps track of changing spending habits

The updating of the legendary ‘basket of goods’ used by ONS to calculate inflation is a popular annual ritual. The products and services newly included – and those consigned to the statistical dustbin – tell the story of our changing consumption habits. But how accurate can the inflation figures be if you never buy  any of these items?  Phil Gooding explains.     

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Why does ONS produce visual journalism?

Three years ago we launched Visual.ONS, a Beta website designed to experiment with new forms of digital storytelling. Darren Waters explains why ONS has embraced visual journalism, why the Visual beta is ending and what happens next.  

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2021 Census – Help us design the outputs

As ONS continues to develop its recommendations for questions in the 2021 Census, work has also started on how to best present the answers. As a national consultation exercise gets under way,  Suzanne Dunsmith explains why everyone with an interest in 2021 data needs to take part.   

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A new way of looking at changing household incomes and prices

In February 2017 ONS funded the establishment of a new independent research centre, the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). Its objective is to bring economic research closer to the production of economic statistics and identify new ways to address the fast-paced changes observed in the UK economy. Richard Heys explains. 

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What do the latest migration numbers show?

The latest ONS figures show a small decline in net migration. It’s due mainly to a large fall in EU net migration with fewer EU citizens coming here to work. But as Jay Lindop explains you don’t have to look back too far to see when migration last looked like this.

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