What we do

The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 established the UK Statistics Authority as an independent body at arm’s length from government with direct reporting to Parliament and the devolved legislatures, rather than through Ministers, and with the statutory objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that “serve the public good”.

The Authority’s functions relate to its statutory areas of responsibility:

  • 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.

Oversight of ONS

The UK Statistics Authority is the legal successor body to the former Office for National Statistics (ONS), which ceased to exist as a separate entity on 1 April 2008. On…

Monitoring and Assessment

One of the Authority's main functions is to provide independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. The Authority carries out assessments of the extent to which official…

Corporate Information

This page provides links to the Annual Reports and Resource Accounts published each year by the UK Statistics Authority, and other documents providing corporate information about us.