Issues Log

This is a running record of statistical matters that have been raised with the UK Statistics Authority. They are either matters on which concern has been expressed directly, or to which the Authority’s attention has been drawn. Inclusion in the list does not necessarily mean that the Authority shares the concern, nor does it indicate a commitment to further action by the Authority, although some of these matters will be followed up.

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Link to an archive of the Issues Log

October 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
6 October 2017Publishing casework responses
10 October 2017OSR comment on CPS conviction figuresEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Alison Saunders CB

Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Leon Hawthorne, The Leon Hawthorne Show
13 October 2017Northern Ireland religion statistics
18 October 2017Sheffield City Council use of statistics

September 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
18 September 2017Presentation of HS2 Statistics
18 September 2017Clarity on police pay increase
19 September 2017Labour Force Survey
21 September 2017Misrepresentation of DWP statistics
26 September 2017Disability figuresStephen Lloyd MP, House of Commons to John Pullinger, Office for National Statistics

Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Stephen Lloyd MP, House of Commons
27 September 2017Cancer treatment figuresEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Richard Kingston

August 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
1 August 2017Home Office UKVI visa processing stats
31 August 2017Use of official statistics by Southeastern Trains
31 August 2017ONS presentation of state pension figures

July 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
4 July 2017Concerns raised with David Norgrove regarding the presentation of statistics (by the official statistics community) and the reporting of those statistics (by others)
7 July 2017Concerns raised about the clarity of language used by government to describe police funding levelsDame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria PCC to John Pullinger, Office for National Statistics

Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria PCC
21 July 2017Measuring changing prices and costs for consumers and households
21 July 2017Quality of the Retail Prices Index as an official statisticChris Giles, Financial Times to Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Chris Giles, Financial Times

June 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
19 June 2017Complaint about DfE NART Statistics
19 June 2017Complaint about DfE NART StatisticsEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Paul Offord, FE Week
21 June 2017Complaint regarding Home Office Statistics on Scientific Procedures on Living Animals
23 June 2017Complaint about OME/DDRB and NHS EnglandEd Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Martin Williams, Office of Manpower Economics (OME)

May 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
18 May 2017DfE schools nationality data disclosure
22 May 2017Concerns raised about the lack of self-employment statistics in the DWP Family Resources Survey
23 May 2017Publishing of NHS financial figures during purdah
25 May 2017Query on the review of Data Access Arrangements
29 May 2017Complaint about Autism Diagnosis Statistics
30 May 2017Complaint about DfE statisticsEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Mike Jones, Department for Education

April 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
3 April 2017Query regarding the use of statistics by a Local Authority
7 April 2017Error in HMRC’s annual release of Personal Income Statistics
12 April 2017Department for Education press release about the consultation “Analysing family circumstances and education”
18 April 2017Statements made about the Scottish economy and budget in an article in The National
24 April 2017DfE statistics on school preferencesEd Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Joanne Bartley
25 April 2017NHS Scotland reporting on delayed dischargesRichard Kingston to Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority
26 April 2017Lower Thames Crossing – Manipulation of consultation result
28 April 2017Complaint about the data on chronic pain waiting times in Scotland produced by Information Services Division (Scotland)Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Dorothy-Grace Elder, Cross-Party Group on Chronic Pain
Scott Heald, NHS National Services Scotland to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation

March 2017

DateDetailsRelated Links
1 March 2017Concerns raised about the use of conviction statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice
9 March 2017Use of statistics about domestic violenceIan McNicholls, Mankind Initiative to Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority

Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Ian McNicholls, Mankind Initiative
15 March 2017Pre-release access
17 March 2017Blog post on the subject of Scottish GERSChris Manners to Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority

Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Chris Manners
28 March 2017DWP misrepresentation of child maintenance statistics
29 March 2017Comments made about contact with ONS and the Home Office in a Guardian article about homicides among young people involving knives
29 March 2017The way 12 hour trolley waits are calculated in England compared to Northern Ireland, Scotland and WalesEd Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Faye Kirkland
30 March 2017Department for Education press release ‘Government launches company to create more free schools’ published on 28 March 2017Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Mike Jones, Department for Education

February 2017

DateDetailsRelated links
22 FebruaryLetter addressed to John Pullinger raising concerns about the selective release of data about the impact of the business rates revaluationSir Andrew Dilnot, UK Statistics Authority to Seema Malhotra MP

20 FebruaryComplaint about Iain Duncan Smith’s statement made on the BBC News on 17 February that the UK sends £20Bn each year to the EU
16 FebruaryStatement made by the Health Secretary for Scotland comparing English and Scottish delayed discharge dataEd Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority to Roger Halliday, Scottish Government
14 FebruaryEquality of access to analysis underpinning statements about the NHS made by the Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party
9 February
Leak of management information on Accident and Emergency admissions data.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Ed Smith regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Sir Malcolm Grant regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Noel Gordon regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data
2 February
Query regarding a press release published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the Benefit Cap.
2 February
The omission of statistics regarding male rough sleepers in the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Mark Brooks concerning the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report

Letter from Mark Brooks to the UK Statistics Authority concerning the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report

January 2017

DateDetailsRelated links
27 January
Enquiry regarding correspondence about mortality statistics in respect of out-of-work benefit claimants.
20 January
Query regarding house building targets and the Government's use of the 'net addition ' measure of housing supply.
Letter from Rt Hon John Healey MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding house building targets

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Rt Hon John Healey MP regarding house building targets
20 January
Query about the UK Statistics Authority issues log.
11 January
Reference made to a leaked NHS Improvement document on Accident and Emergency admissions in a BBC news article.
10 January
The use of homelessness statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government in a press notice and parliamentary debate.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Baroness Grender regarding homelessness statistics