Changes to our website

Update 4 January 2018

We have sucessfully moved all Committees and panels content to our new Committees section. Re-directs are in place for old existing links. This means if you have saved any old links you will be automatically taken to new links.

 


Update 3 January 2018

We have sucessfully moved Data Ethics Advisory Committee, Administrative Data Research Network and Crime Statistics Advisory Committee content to our new Committees section. Re-directs are in place for old existing links. This means if you have saved any old links you will be automatically taken to the content’s new home. Content for Advisory Panels on Consumer Prices: Stakeholder and Technical is on track to move at 5pm, 4 January 2018

 


What will change?

There will be a new section for Committees and Panels, which will sit on our About the Authority menu. The current content will be moved from the National Statistician menu to the new section.

The content itself will not change, but the web page addresses will. We are setting up re-directs for the existing links. This means if you have saved the original link you will be automatically taken to the content’s new home.

For example, instead of links for the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee starting like this: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/national-statistician/ns-reports-reviews-guidance-and-advisory-committees/national-statisticians-advisory-committees/crime-statistics-advisory-committee

You would be redirected to: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/about-the-authority/committees/national-statisticians-crime-statistics-advisory-committee

When will it change?

3 January 2018: Data Ethics Advisory Committee, Administrative Data Research Network and Crime Statistics Advisory Committee.

4 January 2018: Advisory Panels on Consumer Prices: Stakeholder and Technical.

The changes are being done in the background, so there should not be any downtime.

Why is this changing?

Our users have fed back that they don’t expect the content in this section to be where it is… so they don’t find it. Users expected to find this content in the same menu as the Board content, so we are re-locating it to match these expectations. The new Committees section will also take fewer clicks to access.

 

Public value of statistics on Housing and Planning in the UK

Housing matters and it affects all citizens in the UK. Official statistics on housing and planning play a vital role in helping to inform decision-making of all kinds.

This review and its findings are focussed on the user perspective. We’ve heard a number of users’ views across the UK on the value of these statistics, and how well they meet their needs. This perspective – based on feedback from over 60 users across 43 organisations – has allowed us to build a picture about the statistical landscape for this topic, and the necessary drivers needed to improve these statistics to increase their public value. Value means that the data and statistics are easy to use, remain relevant, and benefit society, helping the public to understand important issues and answer key questions.

Overall, the topic of housing and planning appears to be well served by an impressive volume of official statistics. Our report highlights a number of areas of good practice in statistical production from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have also identified opportunities for improvements to the statistical landscape at two levels: firstly, improvements to statistical outputs can help shine a light on society’s evolving questions about housing and planning in the UK. Secondly, more strategic coordination and collaboration between statistics producers across the UK, as well as greater engagement with users, can help drive improvements in outputs.

We think that starting from the users’ perspective is an essential prerequisite to improvements. This review provides a user-based stocktake, and it is therefore the starting point for these improvements. We welcome statistics producers being open to feedback and willing to listen to these views. We would be very happy to help facilitate changes, and to that end will continue to engage with producers and users of these statistics.

 

We thank everyone who responded to our consultation on a refreshed Code of Practice

Our consultation on a refreshed Code of Practice is now closed. This three month consultation took place from 5 July 2017 until 5 October 2017.

It provided an opportunity for producers, users and the wider community to see how we propose to refresh the Code of Practice.

The Office for Statistics Regulation wishes to thank everyone that has been interested and involved in this work, we have received some useful comments and will consider them all very carefully.

We aim to complete this work as quickly as possible, with the new ‘Code of Practice’ available and published in early 2018.

 

Note for Editors

The consultation was the next-stage in a year-long ‘stock-take’ of the Code of Practice, during which we have worked closely with members of the Government Statistical Service and the user community.

If you have any queries concerning the consultation please email: regulation@statistics.gov.uk

The Code of Practice for Statistics is an important tool in protecting official statistics by setting the standards which must be met to ensure the public can have confidence in them.

These standards are used:

  • By statisticians, and other analysts when producing and publishing official statistics;
  • By the Office for Statistics Regulation when determining whether official statistics can be called National Statistics;
  • By the Authority when publically challenging the misuse of statistics; and
  • are helpful in general to support judgements about the publication of wider numerical information.

Re-appointment of Dr David Levy

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr David Levy as a non-executive member of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority following the approval of the Minister for the Cabinet Office under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. Dr David Levy has been re-appointed for a term of twenty-two months, ending on 31 May 2019.

Iain Bell appointed as Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy at ONS

Iain Bell has been appointed at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the National Statistician, John Pullinger, in leading UK National Statistics.

Iain, who is currently Chief Data Officer at the Department for Education, has been appointed as Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy, and will take up post in early June.

Iain will join Heather Savory (Deputy National Statistician for Data Capability) and Jonathan Athow (Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics), all reporting to John Pullinger as National Statistician, to deliver the strategic vision for ‘Better Statistics, Better Decisions‘.

Speaking today, John Pullinger, the National Statistician said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Iain Bell as Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy, joining Heather, Jonathan, and me as the senior leadership team. Together with our colleagues across the Government Statistical Service we are ready to take the statistical evidence base of the nation to a new level mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions”

Iain Bell, the new Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy said:

“ONS and the Government Statistical Service has a huge opportunity to provide high quality statistical evidence that drives insight into the decisions being made in Britain today. I am excited by the opportunity to work with colleagues in ONS and across Government to deliver this”

For more information please contact 07411 212300 or 07795 841283.


Biography

Iain is currently Chief Data Officer at the Department for Education where he has been responsible for how the Department collects, uses and publishes information and transforming how this is done. Iain has been a member of the Government Statistical Service since 1993 and his career spans labour market, justice, finance and transport statistics in many Departments including ONS.

Candidate for Next Chair of the UK Statistics Authority Announced

Following an open recruitment exercise Sir David Norgrove has been selected as the preferred candidate for appointment as the next Chair of the UK Statistics Authority. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee will hold a pre-appointment hearing on 24 January. Our current Chair, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, has held the post since 2012 and will step down at the end of his term on 31 March 2017. More information can be found here.


Notes for editors

The UK Statistics Authority was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, with a statutory objective to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. The Chair of the Authority is a Crown appointment made with the approval of Parliament. Sir Andrew took up post in April 2012 for a five-year term.

Appointments to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority

The UK Statistics Authority warmly welcomes the appointment of Nora Nanayakkara and Sian Jones (née Baldwin) as non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority Board, starting in post on 1 July 2016 for a period of appointment of three years.

Speaking today, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Nora and Sian as non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority. Nora’s experience in digital technology and independent regulation and Sian’s experience in digital technology and transformation will be of great benefit to the UK Statistics Authority Board. I look forward to working with Nora and Sian.”

For more information please contact +44 (0)7795 841 283 or +44 (0)7818 011 583.


Notes for Editors:

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 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.

Further information about the UK Statistics Authority is available on the Authority’s website www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk

 

Nora Nanayakkara

Nora Nanayakkara has been appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority with effect from 1 July 2016 for a period of three years.

Since 2009, Nora has been Non-Executive Director on the Board of Nominet, the technology company that manages the .uk domain name registry. In 2013, she was appointed to the Steering Board of The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights.  In this role, she focuses particularly on the organisation’s  digital agenda.

Nora also sits as an independent Non-Executive Director on the inaugural Audit and Assurance Board of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and serves on its Performance Subcommittee.  She contributes to the regulation of the dental profession through her role as a Lay Fitness-to-Practice Panellist at the General Dental Council (GDC). Nora has also been appointed as a subject-matter expert to several working groups at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global coordinating and policy-making body of the domain name system.

Prior to 2009, Nora developed her career in the digital and technology start-up sector and has worked in digital service and programme delivery operations management.  She completed an MBA in 2007.

 

Sian Jones(née Baldwin)

Sian Jones (née Baldwin) has been appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority with effect from 1 July 2016 for a period of three years.

From 2004 until 2014 Sian held a number of senior positions at British Telecom (BT). Most notably, she was responsible for BT’s wholesale broadband portfolio, doubling the speed and coverage of copper broadband availability in the UK during her tenure. She has held a number of Chief Information Officer and digital strategy roles at BT and subsequently at Clarks, spanning both large infrastructure and consumer facing technologies and business models.

Alongside a background in data analytics systems, Sian’s main area of specialism is how to bring about significant technology transformation, where cultural, employee and customer transformation are required in parallel.

Sian studied Artificial Intelligence at Sussex University and management at Harvard Business School.

Appointment to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority

The UK Statistics Authority warmly welcomes the appointment of Professor Jonathan Haskel as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board, starting in post on 1 February 2016 for a period of appointment of three years.

Speaking today, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Jonathan Haskel as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority. Jonathan brings a wealth of professional experience in economics and independent regulation which will be of great benefit to us all on the UK Statistics Authority Board. I am very much looking forward to working with Jonathan.”

For more information please contact 07795 841 283

Notes for Editors:

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 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.

Further information about the UK Statistics Authority is available on the Authority’s website www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk

Professor Jonathan Haskel

Professor Jonathan Haskel has been appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority with effect from 1 February 2016 for a period of three years.

Since 2008 Jonathan has been Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London and Academic Director of the School. He was previously Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London. He has taught at the University of Bristol and London Business School and been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA; Stern School of Business, New York University, USA; and the Australian National University.

Jonathan is an elected member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) and a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, and the IZA, Bonn.

Since September 2015, Jonathan has been a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Competition Decisions Committee and the Payment System Regulator Enforcement and Competition Decisions Committee.

Between 2001-2010 Jonathan was a Member, Reporting Panel of the Competition Commission (now the Competition and Markets Authority), on market inquiries into Mobile Phones, Home Credit and Airports, and the EMAP/ABI merger.

Between 2013 and 2016, Jonathan was an elected member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society and between November 2012 and December 2015, a member of the “Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts” (RISE) high level group advising the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science on policy.

Jonathan’s research interests are growth, productivity and innovation in the knowledge economy and he has published papers on these topics in a number of journals.

Re-appointment of Dame Moira Gibb and Dame Colette Bowe

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dame Moira Gibb and Dame Colette Bowe as non-executive members of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority following the approval of the Minister for the Cabinet Office under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. Dame Moira has been re-appointed for a term of two years ending on 1 February 2018 and Dame Colette has been re-appointed for a term of three years ending on 1 February 2019.

Stocktake of the Code of Practice

Dear Colleagues,

The Statistics Authority’s Monitoring and Assessment team has started to think about how we can enhance the value of the Code of Practice. The Code was published in 2009. It has been important and influential, both because it’s acted as a common language and guide to statisticians and policymakers across UK government and beyond, and as the basis for a sustained programme of work to ensure that official statistics meet high standards in the way that they are produced and published, and hence merit designation as ‘National Statistics’.

To begin this stock take, I would firstly like to gather the thoughts and opinions of those of us who draw on the Code regularly. Understanding the lived experience of the Code will be invaluable, and I’d like to invite you to spend a few minutes filling in the questionnaire.

But I want the stock take to be wide-ranging, creative and energetic. So the information gathered from the questionnaire will be used to identify common themes that we’ll explore in detail at future workshops. And the themes will feed into our exploration of ways in which we can better align the Code with the way we have developed the National Statistics ‘brand’ – to refer to statistics that meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.

We’d be delighted if you could participate in the workshops we’ll be organising in the coming months. I’d also encourage you to keep abreast of developments in this project either by submitting your email in the questionnaire, or by visiting Code of Practice on our webpage.

And, if you have an specific thoughts you’d like to share with me, please feel free to email me at ed.humpherson@statistics.gsi.gov.uk.

Ed Humpherson, Director General of Regulation

Monitoring and Assessment, UK Statistics Authority

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