Better use of data for Statistics

Introduction

Chapter 7 of Part 5 of the Digital Economy Act amended the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 to provide the UK Statistics Authority (and ONS as its executive office) with greater and easier access to data held within the public and private sectors to support the statutory functions of the Statistics Authority in the production of official statistics and statistical research.

These provisions bring the legal framework governing the production and publication of official statistics and statistical research in the UK into line with that of the UK’s international partners, supporting ongoing improvements in the quality, relevance and timeliness of official statistics in a changing world.

In 2016, the UK Statistics Authority published a paper setting out the requirements for new legislation.

The Statistics framework in the Digital Economy Act is underpinned by the Statistics Statement of Principles and code of practice on changes to data systems, which was approved by the UK Parliament in July 2018.

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