How much is the UK worth? The challenges of capturing the value of our nation’s assets

ONS recently published estimates of the total value of all the assets held in the UK, known as the ‘National Balance Sheet’. This recent publication showed that the total value of all the assets was a staggeringly large £9.8 trillion (that is £9,800,000,000,000). Here, Dan Groves looks at what contributes into this headline number and what can make it go up and down over time.

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Getting in touch with intangible assets

How should we value the things we can’t touch or look at but still help to create prosperity and wealth? Many so-called ‘intangible’ assets, such as training or company branding don’t figure in the headline measures of GDP. Rachel O’Brien explains why these are not currently included and the work ONS is doing to estimate their value. 

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Moving beyond GDP – explaining natural capital

At the beginning of the year, the government revealed its  25 year environment plan, the central aim of which is to protect and preserve the UK environment. ONS has a role to play in developing a full set of ‘natural capital’ accounts. Ashley Ward explains the concept of natural capital and what it brings to environmental policy making.    

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