Dear Mr Dunne,
Thank you for your letter of 28 June, of which you noted the interest of the Committee in our evaluation of the pilot publication we released on 12 May, which brought together climate change-related statistics with the preliminary quarterly estimate of Gross Domestic Product
(GDP). I also noted in my letter of 26 April to the Committee that we would look to publish wellbeing-related statistics alongside preliminary GDP estimates from 12 August 2022.
I am very happy, therefore, to confirm to the Committee that we have today published our new quarterly package of statistics, bringing together climate change and wellbeing insights alongside estimates of GDP. This marks the first update to the Measures of National Wellbeing dashboard since the pandemic and captures how some of these indicators have changed. The combined package of statistics is an important step in our ongoing mission to provide a more holistic understanding of the UK economy, society and environment.
We value and welcome feedback on this new approach as we determine whether this becomes a permanent release. Initial feedback from stakeholders across government to the May publication has been positive.
I thank you and the Committee for both your interest and support, and we will of course continue to engage with you as we progress.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond