Today, following a widespread exercise of engagement with users of the Code, the Office for Statistics Regulation (as the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority) is publishing the Code Stocktake report. This report sets out our vision for a refreshed Code. This will build on the strengths of the existing Code. And it will make a clearer distinction between high level principles – with which a range of organisations can comply on a voluntary basis – and the core practices which apply to official statistics. We have published this report as an exposure draft to share our thinking and to invite comments and observations from all stakeholders.
We wish to thank all those that have contributed their views and thoughts to the Code Stocktake. To develop these proposals further will require careful thought and we are keen to continue to do so in a very consultative manner. Any specific changes to the content of the Code will be subject to a more formal consultation during 2017.