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 three main functions:
- oversight of the UK official statistics system, which includes around 30 central government departments and the devolved administrations, and the promotion, safeguarding and monitoring of quality, comprehensiveness and good practice in relation to all official statistics, wherever produced;
- production of a Code of Practice for Statistics and assessment of official statistics against the Code; and
- governance of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK’s National Statistical Institute and the largest producer of official statistics.
Membership of the Authority’s Board comprises the Chair of the Authority, eight 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.