The new Code of Practice will be published next Thursday.

We’re really grateful for the huge amount of thought and effort you’ve contributed throughout our consultation process. It’s been amazing to see how much interest and enthusiasm the Code has generated.

I won’t give away too much, but a few things to look out for:

  • the Code will be based around the three pillars of trustworthiness, quality and value
  • there will be new interactive pages on this website, with links to guidance
  • we will also consult on our draft guide for voluntary application of the Code beyond official statistics, both inside and outside Government.

Our key message throughout this is that statistics are the lifeblood of democracy. The Code is built around public confidence in this essential public asset.

The Code will be used by statisticians and analysts on a daily basis. But it’s got a much wider reach. It helps Government organisations demonstrate that they live up to the highest standards. And it helps citizens have confidence in the statistics that describe the community and wider society they live in.

So we’re pretty excited to share this Code with you next week.