Annual Review of UK Statistics Authority Casework, 2018 to 2019

The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 places a statutory requirement on the UK Statistics Authority to promote, monitor and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. Our casework function plays an important role in building public confidence in the production and use of official statistics and supports our statutory requirements to operate for the public good.

In October 2017, we published our Interventions Policy . This sets out our long-standing practices for interventions, explaining that we will intervene when “official statistics are leaked before publication; the advice of professional statisticians is ignored; or official statistics in a document or statement are presented in such a way that, in the Authority’s opinion, they are liable to mislead the public or undermine the integrity of official statistics”.

This report has been produced to give greater transparency around the casework process. This is part of an overall intention to provide more information and clarity around casework.

Annual Review of Authority Casework 2018/19 – Statement of Compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics

 

Related Links:

Press Notice – “UK Statistics Authority Safeguards Statistics”

Annual Review of Authority Casework, 2017 to 2018

Annual Review of UK Statistics Authority Casework, 2017 to 2018

The Statistics and Registration ServiceAct 2007 places a statutory requirement on the UK Statistics Authority to promote, monitor and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. Our casework function plays an important role in building public confidence in the production and use of official statistics and supports our statutory requirements to operate for the public good.

In October 2017, we published our Interventions Policy . This sets out our long-standing practices for interventions, explaining that we will intervene when “official statistics are leaked before publication; the advice of professional statisticians is ignored; or official statistics in a document or statement are presented in such a way that, in the Authority’s opinion, they are liable to mislead the public or undermine the integrity of official statistics”.

This report has been produced to give greater transparency around the casework process. This is part of an overall intention to provide more information and clarity around casework.

 

Annual Review of Authority Casework 2017/18 – Statement of Compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics

 

Independent review of Methodology

The UK Statistics Authority published the independent review of Methodology within ONS led by Dr Andrew Garrett on 29 September 2016. The full report is available via the links on the right-hand side of this page. The National Statistician, along with the Deputy National Statistician for Data Capability, will now carefully consider the recommendations.

The National Statistician commissioned this independent review in March 2016, in order to ensure that Methodology in ONS met user needs and was prepared for changing demands. The terms of reference for the review are available as an annex to the main report.

Data Access Policy and Legislation

In October 2014, the UK Statistics Authority published its Better Statistics Better Decisions, a five-year strategy for the UK statistical service. New powers of access to, and insight from, the sources of data are needed for professional statisticians to produce the official statistics that decision-makers and citizens expect, to enable and empower them to take better, more timely and well-informed decisions about our constantly changing society and economy.

On 29 February 2016, the Government published a consultation paper, Better Use of Data in Government, including proposals for new legislation to improve ways in which we collect, produce and disseminate National and official statistics. Comments and views were sought from as wide a range of people as possible. The consultation outcome and feedback was published on 5 July 2016.

On 1 March 2016, the UK Statistics Authority’s Data Access Policy and Legislation programme produced Delivering better statistics for better decisions: Why we need new legislation for better access to data.

National Statistician’s Review of Housing Market Statistics

The National Statistician has carried out a review of official housing market statistics to ensure that users’ needs are met as effectively as possible. The first stage of the review (on house prices) was published in December 2010 and concluded that there should be one headline official house price index which meets key user needs. This should be accompanied by a regular official statistics report, presenting and analysing the official house price measures and their relationship to non-official sources and the wider housing market indicators.

The second stage of the review builds on the first stage by examining the wider official housing market statistics currently available. This review into the wider official housing market statistics concluded that:

  • There is a need to ensure that housing market statistics are more easily accessible and better placed in the context of related statistics. There should be an (at least) annual article of key trends in the UK housing market to aid this.
  • In some instances, local area statistics are not available or are not timely enough to be of use. In these cases, the ability to make local area statistics available or timelier should be investigated further.
  • A gap exists in official private rental statistics. Official private rental statistics and a private rental price index should be developed for the UK.

Related Links

House Price Index transfer to ONS (50.1 KB PDF )

House Prices Review: news release (58.8 KB PDF)

National Statistician’s Review of Crime Statistics for England and Wales

The National Statistician published their report on Monday 6 June 2011 following an independent Review of Crime Statistics for England and Wales.

In December 2010 the Home Secretary announced that the publication of crime statistics covering England and Wales would be moved out of the Home Office to promote greater public trust and demonstrate their independence. The Home Secretary invited the National Statistician to conduct an independent Review of Crime Statistics for England and Wales to:

  • consider gaps, discrepancies and discontinuities within crime statistics;
  • recommend the best future location for the publication of crime statistics, and their associated data collection systems, and;
  • produce an action plan for the implementation of recommendations from the UK Statistics Authority’s report Overcoming Barriers to Trust in Crime Statistics: England and Wales published in May 2010.

 


Crime Statistics Review: Terms of Reference (49.2 KB PDF)

Crime Statistics Review: 6 June 2011 news release (43.2 KB PDF)

National Statistician’s Review of IPCC statistics

In February 2012, the Chief Executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), requested that the National Statistician conduct an independent statistical review into the collation, analysis and presentation of IPCC official statistics on deaths during or following police contact, and a ten year analytical study of deaths in police custody. This request followed public criticism of the figures produced by the IPCC.

The aim of the National Statistician’s review is to gain a full understanding of the factors that led to public criticism of the statistics and what basis in fact those concerns have. The terms of reference, publications and correspondence can be downloaded from the links on the right.

The report was published on 30 March 2012. A link to the final report and a letter from the National Statistician to the Chief Executive of the IPCC outlining the findings and recommendations can be downloaded from the links on the right.

For all general enquiries about the review, please email the National Statistician team

 


Terms of Reference (32.5 KB PDF)

 

Correspondence

Jane Furniss, Chief Executive of IPCC, to Jil Matheson, National Statistician – 30 March 2012

Jil Matheson, National Statistician, to Jane Furniss, Chief Executive of IPCC – 29 March 2012

Jil Matheson, National Statistician, to Jane Furniss, Chief Executive of IPCC – 9 February 2012

Jane Furniss, Chief Executive of IPCC, to Jil Matheson, National Statistician – 2 February 2012

 

External Links

IPCC Deaths during or following police contact statistical publications