Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation writes to Donna McLarnon, Corporate Research Officer, Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

*Updated 7 August 2018 to include annex in PDF*

Dear Donna,


We have reviewed the actions that you and your team have taken to address the requirements in Assessment Report number 330: Statistics from the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey.

On behalf of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority, I am pleased to confirm the designation of the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey Main Report as National Statistics. The Preliminary Report was previously designated as National Statistics in March 2017.

I welcome the way in which your team has embraced the Code of Practice and the many proactive steps the team has taken to enhance the trustworthiness, quality and value of the publication. For instance, the detailed quality information in the report and supporting documents gives users a good understanding of the quality of the statistics. It is also encouraging that the team continues to have conversations with users to understand their needs.

We have included more detail about our judgement in an annex to this letter. I, or my team, would be very happy to talk you or your colleagues through any aspects of this letter or Code compliance more generally.

National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value and is something to be celebrated. We invite you to include a statement alongside the statistics which reflects the National Statistics status.

I am copying this letter to John Pullinger, the National Statistician, Michelle Crawford at Department for Communities, and Siobhan Carey, the Chief Statistician in Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Yours sincerely,

Ed Humpherson

Related links:

Preliminary Report: confirmation as National Statistics (March 2017)

Statistics from the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey (December 2016)

Ed Humpherson to Donna McLarnon (December 2016)