About the Authority

The UK Statistics Authority was established under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Authority is an independent statutory body. It operates at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department and reports directly to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly. The work of the Authority is further defined under secondary legislation made under the Act by the UK Parliament or the devolved legislatures.

The Authority has a statutory objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that ‘serve the public good’. The public good includes:

  • informing the public about social and economic matters;
  • assisting in the development and evaluation of public policy; and
  • regulating quality and publicly challenging the misuse of statistics.

Official statistics are for the benefit of society and the economy as a whole; not only in government policy-making and the evaluation of government performance, but also informing the direction of economic and commercial activities. Statistics provide valuable data and evidence for analysts, researchers, public and voluntary bodies, enabling the public to hold to account all organisations that spend public money, and informing wider public debate. The Authority wants to see official statistics enabling sound policy decisions, and providing a firm evidence base for decision-making both inside and outside of government.

Membership of the Authority’s Board comprises the Chair of the Authority, eight other non-executive members, and three executive members.

Meet the Board

The Chair of the UK Statistics Authority is Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE. Andrew was appointed Chair of the Authority by Her Majesty the Queen in December 2011 following open competition,…

Strategy and Business Plan

The UK Statistics Authority’s Strategy, Better Statistics Better Decisions, is a five year strategy for the UK official statistics system which sets out our aims, priorities, mission and values. The…

What we do

On 29 October 2014 the Authority published its strategy for the UK official statistics system for the five years 2015 to 2020. The collective mission of our official statistics system…

Board and Committees

The UK Statistics Authority Board The UK Statistics Authority conducts its business and manages its affairs through its monthly Board meetings. Board Committees The Board has established a number of…