Tomorrow (3 December) is the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities. With the most recent estimates from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) putting the proportion of disabled people in the UK at 22% in 2021 (up from 19% a decade ago), this is a sizeable and very diverse group. Here, Helen Colvin and Josephine Foubert from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) look at some of the work we have been doing recently to give insight into the lives of disabled children and adults.Read more on What have we learned about the experience of disabled people?
Improved access to datasets including those held by other government bodies will allow ONS to advance its mission of providing the UK with better statistics for better decisions. But with new data sharing powers comes a heightened responsibility to protect personal information. As revised policies on the use, management and security of data are published Heather Savory explains how ONS is putting the public interest first.Read more on Looking after and using data for public benefit
Social surveys remain vital to the work of ONS – but maintaining response rates is a serious issue for statistical agencies worldwide. To preserve their value and relevance surveys must evolve : how they look, how they work and how they are completed. Here Laura Wilson reveals how ONS is taking on the challenge.Read more on Designing the future of ONS surveys