The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.
The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics, and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.
The UK Statistics Authority has two main functions:
- Oversight of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – its executive office
- Independent scrutiny (monitoring and assessment) of all official statistics produced in the UK.
Membership of the Authority’s Board comprises the Chair of the Authority, five other non-executive members, and three executive members.
The UK Statistics Authority, together with ONS, received a four year funding settlement as part of the 2015 Spending Review.