Quarterly Sector Accounts

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes statistics and data on the transactions of particular groups of institutions (sectors) within the UK economy in its publications Quarterly National Accounts (QNA), UK Economic Accounts (UKEA) and, since March 2016, in the stand-alone publication Quarterly Sector Accounts (QSA). ONS’s decision to add QSA to this suite of economic publications was based on feedback from users that they would welcome more-detailed sector commentary. Since there is little room in QNA to add such commentary, and UKEA does not provide a platform for commentary, ONS moved all commentary on sector accounts to QSA in March 2016.

The UK Statistics Authority confirmed the National Statistics (NS) designation of the statistics on quarterly sector accounts, Real Household Disposable Income (RHDI) and the saving ratio presented in QNA and UKEA in October 2016. Since ONS is re-presenting the same statistics in this new bulletin with the addition of commentary, this report addresses a query from ONS about whether the Authority might also designate the statistics in QSA as NS. This report is prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Quarterly Sector Accounts have the potential to provide high levels of public value as information that aids assessment of the economy. The statistics have a wide range of users, including the Bank of England, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and various businesses and research institutions. The sectors are major economic actors, and examining the movements in the transactions between them makes the National Accounts more meaningful. It can help detect pressures arising in the economy, for example, ‘a housing bubble’, ‘deleveraging’ by households or the need to restrict or encourage credit. Analysts are particularly interested in the household sector, as Household Final Consumption accounts for 60 per cent or more of GDP, and an understanding of the patterns and drivers of household debt can provide insights into the condition of the UK economy as a whole.


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Confirmation of National Statistics

Statistics for England on Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, and on Absence and Exclusions

This report concludes that the statistics on the characteristics of schools and pupils should retain their National Statistics status, as long as DfE demonstrates it has enhanced their value, quality and trustworthiness in the ways that we describe in chapters one to three.

We temporarily removed the National Statistics status of statistics on unlawfully large class sizes after DfE told us it was concerned about their quality. To re-instate National Statistics status, DfE needs to check the actions it has taken to improve the quality have worked in the way they expect, as described in chapter two.

We have asked DfE to report on its actions by the end of April 2017.

The statistics are already well-used. Local authorities, academy chains, schools and parents use school-level data to learn more about individual schools and their pupils. Academics and researchers use the data to improve society’s understanding of the effects of education and how education policy affects different groups of pupils. And local and national government use the statistics and data to make decisions about schools’ funding and to develop policy for local areas and for England as a whole.

DfE’s work to make data available in innovative formats – through the Performance Tables – to share data and to make data held in the National Pupil Database more available, increases their public value. We encourage and support DfE’s efforts to put appropriate safeguards in place to protect individual pupils’ privacy as it works towards delivering wider access to the data about schools and pupils.


This document was republished on 17 February 2017 to include a reference to the published correspondence that we refer to in paragraph 3.7.

 

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Confirmation of National Statistics and re-designation of statistics on unlawfully large infant class sizes

 


Statistics on National Insurance Number Allocations to Adult Overseas Nationals

The report covers the statistics produced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about National Insurance Number (NINo) registrations and reported quarterly in National Insurance number allocations to adult overseas nationals (NINo Allocations), and annually in Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients (NINo Benefit Claimants), along with the related commentary that is published in the August publication of NINo Allocations.

NINo Allocations was previously assessed by the Authority as part of Assessment Report 85: Statistics on National Insurance Number Allocations to Adult Overseas Nationals Entering the UK in February 2011 and designation as National Statistics was confirmed in February 2012. NINo Allocations has been re-assessed as part of our ongoing programme of National Statistics re-assessments and following agreement with DWP in summer 2015. NINo Benefit Claimants has also been assessed at the request of DWP, in order for them to gain National Statistics status.

Statistics on National Insurance Number (NINo) registrations are produced to measure the volume of adult non-UK nationals registering for a NINo. However, they are frequently used to understand the level of inward migration to the UK for work purposes, by country of origin or world area, and are commonly used alongside the other migration releases published by Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office (HO). There is also a wider demand for analyses based on these data as proxy measures of international migration to the UK. As such, they were one of the key statistical sources used in public debate about immigration ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The Office for Statistics Regulation has been looking at migration statistics from several angles and taking a more systemic approach, see blog from Ed Humpherson, DG for Regulation.


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Temporary suspension: letter from Ed Humpherson to John Pullinger

Temporary suspension: letter from Ed Humpherson to Neil McIvor

Decision not to gain National Statistics status: letter from Stephen Balchin to Ed Humpherson

Decision not to gain National Statistics status: response from Ed Humpherson to Stephen Balchin

Statistics from the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey

This report is prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) publishes statistics on house conditions based on the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey (NIHCS), and through access to data. After each survey, two reports are published, in 2011 these reports were named:

• Northern Ireland House Condition Survey – preliminary findings (NIHCS preliminary)
• Northern Ireland House Condition Survey – main report (NIHCS main)

In 2011 NIHE published a one-off report, making use of 2011 Census data: Northern Ireland House Condition Survey – district council figures for key measures (modelled). This report will not be published in 2016.

The NIHCS is run at least every five years, and this Assessment has taken place ahead of the publication of the results from the 2016 survey. We, the regulatory team, have considered NIHCS preliminary and NIHCS main, alongside information provided by the NIHE statistics team in relation to the 2016 reports, to inform our judgment.

NIHE published NIHCS preliminary, containing statistics on the dwelling stock and unfitness of dwellings at a national level, before publishing the more- detailed main report. NIHCS main presents further statistics relating to the dwelling stock, household profiles, fitness standards, state of repair, decent home standard, fuel poverty, housing health and safety rating system, and energy efficiency.


Related Links:

Main Report: confirmation as National Statistics (May 2018)

Preliminary Report: confirmation as National Statistics (March 2017)

Ed Humpherson to Donna McLarnon (December 2016)

Statistics on Northern Ireland Tourism

This report is prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 . The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) present statistics on Northern Ireland tourism across a number of published reports and through access to data.

Tourism in Northern Ireland (NI) is a growth industry which the devolved government sees as important for the local economy. The development of a new tourism strategy, currently ongoing, recognises this and it is clearly important that this is supported by good data on the nature of the industry and how it evolves over time.

NI tourism statistics provide a range of measures of the tourism industry in NI including volume of overnight trips and associated expenditure and visits to visitor attractions. These statistics provide users with information to support planning, marketing and target monitoring related to tourism, at a national and local level. Policy officials within the Department for the Economy (DfE) used these statistics as a means of monitoring progress towards Northern Ireland’s Programme for Government (PfG) targets 2011 to 2015 related to tourism. These targets aimed to increase visitor numbers to 4.4 million and tourist revenue to £800 million by 2015. Tourism Development Officers within local government districts use the statistics to track changes over time and compare visitor numbers across districts.


Related links:

Confirmation of National Statistics

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Siobhan Carey regarding Statistics on Northern Ireland Tourism

Statistics on Freedom of Information – Implementation in Central Government

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act gives the Statistics Authority (the Authority) power to re-assess whether the Code of Practice for Official Statistics continues to be complied with in relation to official statistics already designated as National Statistics. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Freedom of Information Statistics: Implementation in Central Government (FoI Statistics) published by the Cabinet Office (CO).

Following the transfer of FoI policy responsibility, in October 2015, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) transferred the responsibility for collecting and publishing FoI statistics to CO. Following discussions with the Head of Profession for Statistics (HoP) at CO, the Authority’s Director General for Regulation wrote to the HoP on 16 December 2015 to confirm the continued designation of FoI statistics as National Statistics, upon their transfer to CO. He welcomed the HoP’s commitment: to fully comply with the Code in respect of these statistics; and to uphold the values of trustworthiness, quality and value that underpin National Statistics status. The Director General for Regulation confirmed that a re-assessment would be scheduled for early in 2016. The previous assessment of FoI Statistics was reported in Assessment Report 35 in May 2010.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.


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Confirmation of National Statistics

Statistics on Road freight

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act gives the Statistics Authority power to re-assess whether the Code of Practice for Official Statistics continues to be complied with in relation to official statistics already designated as National Statistics. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Domestic Road Freight and International Road Freight produced by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The previous assessment of these sets of statistics was reported in Assessment Report 6. This re-assessment has followed work to address data collection issues which led to the removal of the designation as National Statistics from these statistics in October 2014.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.


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Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics

Access to education attainment data

The Authority awarded National Statistics status in 2014 to school-level attainment statistics for England as presented in DfE’s Performance Tables. Following an enquiry about access to education attainment data highlighting the absence of unregulated IGCSEs from attainment statistics, the Director General for Regulation commissioned an investigation to gather new evidence about the school-level attainment statistics and the underlying data, and to consider the implications for the National Statistics status of these statistics.

Our overall conclusion is that the National Statistics status of the school-level attainment statistics for England – as presented in DfE’s Performance Tables – should continue, on the understanding that DfE implements the requirements that we have set out in the report.

We concluded that there was a gap in coverage across the suite of statistics and that DfE’s planned actions ­– along with information available from other organisations – should be sufficient to meet most needs associated with the gap. We have asked DfE to keep demand under review to ensure that this is and remains the case.

Before the enquiry, DfE had begun to put in place actions that will improve access to education attainment data and has identified others that will help to meet the gap in coverage that the enquiry identified. The Authority welcomes these actions and looks forward to seeing improvements to the statistics that result.

We will continue to keep the National Statistics status of the school-level attainment statistics for England as presented in DfE’s Performance Tables under review.


This document was republished on 11 August 2016 to remove references to IGCSEs â  – which is the registered trademark of Cambridge International Examinations – and replaced it with international GCSEs.


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Letter from Ed Humpherson to Iain Bell

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Simon Briscoe

National Study of Health and Wellbeing in England – Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act requires all statistics designated as National Statistics at its enactment to be assessed against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (the Code) in order for them to gain National Statistics status. The report covers the statistics produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) derived from the National Study of Health and Wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS). The results of the 2007 survey were published as a combined package of Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England, 2007 (APMS 2007) and Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England – report from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 (ASD 2007), which were published separately due to different production timescales. For ease, we refer to the forthcoming statistical report covering the 2014 statistics as APMS 2014.

Since the Department of Health (and partners) fund HSCIC to run the APMS every seven years, this Assessment has taken place ahead of the publication of the main survey outputs. The Assessment of the survey outputs has therefore been based on a combination of outputs previously published in 2009 (from APMS 2007) and early draft documents for APMS 2014 due for publication in September 2016 (Annex 1 provides more information).

This report also includes an assessment of HSCIC’s continuing compliance with organisational aspects of the Code. It is usual practice for the Authority to periodically review organisational compliance as part of its assessments. The assessment findings for the statistics (APMS) and the organisation (HSCIC) are presented separately for the first time in this report in Sections 3 and 4 respectively. This presentational approach is designed to help the Head of Profession for Statistics in assigning responsibilities for responding to the Requirements. It remains the case that all Requirements must be met for National Statistics designation to be confirmed.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.


Letter of confirmation as National Statistics