In July 2020 the UK Statistics Authority launched its new strategy, Statistics for the Public Good. It sets out four core principles that will underpin the work of the statistical system over the next five years: radical, ambitious, sustainable and inclusive.
The inclusive principle states that we must ensure “our statistics and our workforce reflect the experiences of everyone in our society so that everyone counts, and is counted, and no one is forgotten.”
In October 2020 the National Statistician established the Inclusive Data Taskforce to improve the UK’s inclusive data holdings in a broad range of areas that could include:
- The 9 protected characteristics of the Equalities Act (ie age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation);
- Additional areas associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (eg, income; migrant status; and geography);
- Other topics that would allow contextual and cross-cutting insights into equalities (eg, socioeconomic status, access to the natural environment, intersectionality); and
- Data on those at risk of greater disadvantage or who may be ‘missing’ from household surveys (eg, homeless people, those not resident in private households).
The Taskforce will have a UK remit, providing recommendations on improving the UK’s inclusive data holdings and infrastructure. The work of the Taskforce will reflect user needs from a broad range of stakeholders including central and local government, academics, civil society, think tanks and businesses.
- Dame Moira Gibb (Chair) (Chair of Skills for Care, Chair of City Lit Adult Education College and Chair of the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee)
- Dr Halima Begum (Director at the Runnymede Trust)
- Dr Gwenetta Curry (Research Fellow in the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama)
- Professor David Gordon (Professor of Social Justice and Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol)
- Professor Anthony Heath CBE, FBA (Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford)
- Dr Saffron Karlsen (Senior lecturer in Social Research at the University of Bristol)
- Professor Ann Phoenix (Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Institute of Education, UCLA)
- Professor Lucinda Platt (Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science)
- Dr Wanda Wyporska (Executive Director at The Equality Trust)
For more information about the work of the Inclusive Data Taskforce please email Inclusive.Data.Taskforce@ons.gov.uk