Issues Log Archive

December 2017

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20 December 2017Accident and Emergency Waiting Times in NHS LothianEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Scott Heald, Information Services Division, NHS Scotland
20 December 2017Leasehold statistics
20 December 2017Misuse of Universal Credit statisticsSimon Clarke MP, House of Commons to UK Statistics Authority
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Debbie Abrahams MP, House of Commons
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Simon Clarke MP, House of Commons
15 December 2017
Homelessness statistics
14 December 2017Government reporting of procurement spend with SMEs
14 December 2017Decent homes statistics
13 December 2017
Homelessness statistics
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Baroness Grender
5 December 2017DfE press release RE: PIRLSJanet Downs to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Janet Downs
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Neil McIvor, Department for Education
4 December 2017
Statistical claims made on Facebook
1 December 2017
Domestic abuse statistics

November 2017

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27 November 2017Interpretation of Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008
27 November 2017Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - Household Survey
24 November 2017Presentation of DWP Sanction RatesOwen Stevens to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Owen Stevens
24 November 2017Quality of student migration statisticsJames Pitman, Destination for Education to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to James Pitman, Destination for Education
23 November 2017Public statement on revisions to National Accounts DataSir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Bernard Jenkin MP, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee
Bernard Jenkin MP, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee to Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority
23 November 2017Department for Education breaches of the Code of PracticeEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Jonathan Slater, Department for Education
Jonathan Slater, Department for Education to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
21 November 2017Use of child poverty statistics
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Lizzie Flew, Child Poverty Action Group
16 November 2017Academy Ofsted ratings
15 November 2017Indices of Deprivation 2015
14 November 2017Government use of NHS fireworks related injuries statistics
14 November 2017Impact of methodological changes to the National Accounts
9 November 2017Crime statisticsEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Iain Bell, Office for National Statistics

October 2017

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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

Alison Saunders CB, Crown Prosecution Service to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
13 October 2017Northern Ireland religion statistics
18 October 2017Sheffield City Council use of statistics
22 October'Peston on Sunday' comments re: Exports

September 2017

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4 September 2017Correction letter on migration statistics
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to George Osborne, Evening Standard
17 September 2017Use of '£350million per week' figure to describe UK's financial contributions to the EU

Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority
18 September 2017Presentation of HS2 Statistics
18 September 2017Clarity on police pay increase
19 September 2017Labour Force Survey
20 September 2017Response to article in The Scotsman on UKSA's role
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Frank O'Donnell, The Scotsman
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
28 September 2017Cancer treatment figuresEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Richard Kingston

August 2017

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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
31 August 2017Disclosure of Home Office migration statistics

Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Amber Rudd MP, Home Office

Amber Rudd MP, Home Office to Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority

July 2017

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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

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16 June 2017DWP Statistics: JSA and ESA SanctionsEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Neil McIvor, Department for Work and Pensions
Neil McIvor, Department for Work and Pensions to Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation
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)
Ed Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Dr Ben Dean

May 2017

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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 2017Release of NHS Improvement data during purdahHugh Pym, BBC to UK Statistics Authority
Sir David Norgrove, UK Statistics Authority to Hugh Pym, BBC
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

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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
20 April 2017Compliance rates of Maintenance Direct and Direct Pay schemesEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Neil McIvor, Department for Work and Pensions
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

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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

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23 FebruaryAssessment of the Teaching Excellence FrameworkEd Humpherson, Office for Statistics Regulation to Iain Bell, Department for Education

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

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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
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December 2016
20 December
The robustness of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statistics on the number of deaths per year associated with air pollution in the United Kingdom.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Ken Roy regarding Defra statistics on the number of deaths associated with air pollution in the UK.
16 December
Concerns regarding the use of pupil data collected through the school census by the Department for Education.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jen Persson regarding the use of pupil data collected through the school census.

Letter from Jen Persson to the UK Statistics Authority regarding concerns over public datasets at the Department or Education
8 December
A revision made to text within the Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2015-16 statistical report published by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Roger Halliday regarding Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2015-16

Letter from Roger Halliday to Ed Humpherson regarding the Student Awards Agency for Scotland statistics report
6 December
Concerns regarding the Government consultation on 'Schools that work for everyone', and a Tweet issued by the Department for Education stating 'The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is virtually eliminated in selective schools'.
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November 2016
24 NovemberA complaint about the possible misuse of official statistics on the 'School Cuts' website published by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
23 November
Concerns raised about the ethnic diversity statistics for religious free schools in the Department of Education Green Paper, 'Schools that work for everyone'.
Letter from Iain Bell to Ed Humpherson on religious free schools.

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Iain Bell regarding statistics on religious free schools
17 November
A query about the use of statistics in The Times headline article "95% of new workers are foreigners".
10 November
Concerns raised about a Tweet from the Department for Education comparing the proportion of ‘white working class boys’ going to universities from grammar and comprehensive schools.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jonathan Slater regarding a Tweet published by the Department for Education
9 November
Concerns raised about the data on pesticide usage on arable crops based on surveys carried out by Kynetec for the Pesticide Usage Statistics produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
1 November
Concern raised about Government statements that the NHS budget will increase in real terms by £10 billion during this parliament.
Letter from Dr Mark Porter to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding NHS Funding

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Dr Mark Porter regarding NHS Funding
1 November
Statements made by the prime minister and ministers that the NHS budget will increase in real terms by £10 billion over the next five years.
Letter from Jonathan Ashworth MP to Andrew Dilnot regarding NHS Funding

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jonathan Ashworth MP regarding NHS Funding
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October 2016
12 OctoberDepartment for Education correspondence to National Pupil Database users requesting access to research 48 hours in advance of its publication.Letter from Iain Bell to Ed Humpherson regarding Access to Education Attainment Data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Iain Bell regarding Access to Education Attainment Data
7 October Query relating to statements about NHS Trusts standards in the Secretary of State for Health's speech at the Conservative party conference on 4 October 2016.Letter from Ed Humpherson to Chris Wormald regarding the Secretary of State for Health’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference
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September 2016
30 SeptemberThe reporting of international development statistics and statistical pledges, and progress measured against the Millennium Development Goals.
29 SeptemberThe methodology used by NHS Digital to calculate full time equivalent General Practitioner data.
16 SeptemberA query about the design and use of the National Student Survey (NSS)Letter from Ed Humpherson to Professor John MacInnes regarding the National Student Survey

Letter from Professor John MacInnes to Ed Humpherson regarding the National Student Survey
7 SeptemberDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revisions policy for energy consumption statistics, and availability of earlier published editions of statistical releases
1 SeptemberThe reliability of the Labour Force Survey for estimating the number of EU migrants employed in the United Kingdom
August 2016
12 AugustA query about the assessment of the Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England survey.
2 AugustA query regarding the Department of Health's underspend in the previous three years.
July 2016
29 JulyThe timing of the release of the Scottish Survey on Literature and Numeracy (SSLN) publication.
22 JulyThe language used in the English housing survey headline report 2014 to 2015 published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
15 JulyThe reporting of international development statistics and statistical pledges.
13 JulyThe use of the Department of Education's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data in statements made by education ministers.
June 2016
9 JuneThe presentation of the outcome of the Welsh Assembly election in Cardiff Central Constituency in a Welsh Labour publication.
May 2016
31 May College advertising based on the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) national success rates tables.
31 May HM Revenue and Customs publication of statistics on benefits claimed and taxes paid by non-UK EEA nationals. Letter from Ed Humpherson to Michael O’Connor regarding two ad hoc HMRC publications relating to the receipt of tax credits by migrants from EEA countries.
27 May A query about the migration statistics and National Insurance Numbers published by ONS in May.
27 May The accuracy of the 2014-based population projection for Copeland published by ONS as part of the subnational population projections for England.
27 May A query about the production of statistics in the Government leaflet "Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK". Letter from Bernard Jenkin MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding data on UK industry and the EU

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Bernard Jenkin MP regarding data on UK industry and the EU
25 May A query about the economic assumptions made in the report: "HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives on the effect of European Union membership on UK trade". Letter from Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding HM Treasury Analysis

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP regarding HM Treasury analysis
24 May Error in HM Revenue and Customs' Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK statistics for May 2016. Letter from Ed Humpherson to Sean Whellams regarding an error in HM Revenue and Customs’ Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK

Letter from Sean Whellams to Ed Humpherson regarding an error in HM Revenue and Customs’ Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK
24 May The reporting in the Daily Telegraph of an ONS publication exploring the difference between statistics on long term international migration and HM Revenue and Customs estimates of National Insurance Number allocation to overseas nationals.
19 May Enquiry about how HM Treasury estimated the impact on UK households if the UK were to leave the European Union in the report entitled "HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives".Email from Jack Doyle to the UK Statistics Authority regarding the economic impact of EU membership

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority to Jack Doyle, regarding the economic impact of EU membership
18 May Query about the United Kingdom's financial contributions to the European Union. Letter from Dominic Cummings, Vote Leave to Sir Andrew Dilnot, UK Statistics Authority

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Dominic Cummings regarding UK contributions to the European Union
17 May The accuracy of statements made in the EU Referendum Voting Guide.
13 May The robustness of statistics related to UK benefit and tax credit claims by EEA migrants published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
6 May A query regarding the Vote Leave campaign video entitled "How would you spend £350 million"? Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Dominic Cummings, Campaign Director, Vote Leave regarding UK Contributions to the European Union
4 May Query regarding an MP's interpretation of statistics on income and earnings.
3 May The late release of live tables on the housing market and house prices by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
3 May The accuracy of statements made by the Department of Education about educational attainment.

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