We are fully committed to supporting producers of statistics during this challenging time.
Producers have shown and continue to show great flexibility in adapting what they collect and publish to respond to this new environment.
As we adjust to changes in our society and the economy, our aim is for statistics to continue to be of high quality, to be trustworthy, and to be valuable in meeting the information needs of society to serve the public good.
We have published a package of measures to assist producers including:
- guidance on factors that producers should consider when making changes to data collection, statistics production and release
- a statement outlining our position and expectations on the use of management information by government and other public bodies
- guidance for statistical producers on suspending National Statistics status
- setting out an approach to rapid regulatory reviews, potentially including National Statistics status, for any new outputs published by producers which inform the public about the coronavirus and its economic and social impacts.
We will support sensible changes to existing production practices.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, OSR has carried out rapid reviews of new official statistics that have been produced in response to the outbreak. This table provides easy access to information about OSR’s endorsements following those reviews.
|Producer body||Statistics||Status (NS or OS)||Link to published material|
|ONS||Covid-19 statistics from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey||OS||Letter|
|ONS||Faster Economic Indicators||OS||Letter|
|Welsh Government||Welsh Government Children and staff attendance at local authority settings in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic||OS||Letter|
|Department for Education||Attendance in education and early years settings during the COVID-19 pandemic||OS||Letter|
|ONS||Coronavirus (COVD-19) Infection Survey||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
|Department for Transport||Transport statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic||Experimental Official Statistics||Letter|
|Natural England||Interim indicators from the People and Nature Survey for England||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
|Welsh Government||National Survey for Wales||NS||Letter|
|NHS England||Daily Covid-19 deaths in hospitals statistics||OS||Letter|
|HMRC||Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) statistics||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
|Department of Health and Social Care||NHS Test and Trace Statistics (England)||Letter|
|ONS||Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
|ONS||Coronavirus (COVID-19) weekly insights: Key health indicators in England||Official Statistics||Letter|
|Scottish Government||Statistics from the Scottish Victimisation Telephone Survey||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
|NHS England||Statistics on COVID-19 vaccinations||Official Statistics||Letter|
|Department of Health and Social Care||Weekly statistics for rapid asymptomatic testing in England||Experimental Statistics||Letter|
This table notes exemptions to the normal practices of the Code of Practice for Statistics that OSR has agreed with statistical producer bodies in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak following OSR guidance.
|Producer body||Statistics||Nature of exemption||Duration||Relevant links if any|
|Office for National Statistics||Market sensitive economic statistics||Publish market sensitive statistics at 7am rather than 9.30am in the absence of media lock-ins||Until further notice||Letter and reply|
|Welsh Government||Key economic statistics||Publish market sensitive statistics at 7am rather than 9.30am to coordinate with ONS releases||Until further notice||Letter and reply|
|Scottish Government||Key economic statistics||Publish market sensitive statistics at 7am rather than 9.30am to coordinate with ONS releases||Until further notice||Letter and reply|
|Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency||Market sensitive economic statistics||Publish market sensitive statistics at 7am rather than 9.30am to coordinate with ONS releases||Until further notice||Letter and reply|
|HM Treasury||UK Official Holdings of International Reserves||Publish market sensitive statistics at 7am rather than 9.30am to coordinate with ONS releases||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|National Records of Scotland||Weekly death statistics||Publish statistics at noon rather than 9.30am to allow for quality assurance||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Public Health Scotland||Weekly COVID-19 report||Publish at 12 noon rather than 9.30am in line with other related statistics||Until further notice||Letter from Scott Heald|
Reply from Ed Humpherson
Reply from Scott Heald
|Welsh Government||Children and staff attendance at local authority settings in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic||Publish statistics at noon rather than 9.30am||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Department of Health, Northern Ireland||Daily COVID-19 statistics dashboard||Publish at 2pm rather than 9.30am||Until further notice||Letter from Dr Eugene Mooney |
Letter from Ed Humpherson
|Department for Education||Attendance at education and childcare setting during coronavirus outbreak||Publish statistics at noon rather than 9.30am to allow for quality assurance||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Office for National Statistics||Coronavirus (Covid-19) Infection Survey statistics||Publish at 12 noon rather than 9.30am||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Office for National Statistics||COVID-19 Infection Survey||Publish statistics at 11am on 31 July 2020 instead of 12pm||Once on 31 July 2020||Letter and reply|
|Welsh Government||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Publish at 12 noon rather than 9.30am||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Department of Health NI||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Publish at 12 noon rather than 9.30am||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Office for National Statistics||COVID-19 Infection Survey Results||Publish statistics at 10:30am on Thursday 26 November instead of 12 noon on Friday 27 November.||Once on Thursday 26 November||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Office for National Statistics||Coronavirus (COVID-19) weekly insights: Key health indicators in England||Publish statistics at 12 noon on a Friday instead of 9.30am.||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
|Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)||Weekly deaths statistics||Publish statistics at 4.00pm instead of 9.30am, and publish on Wednesday 23 December instead of Friday 25 December.||Once on Wednesday 23 December||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
Official statistics that have been assessed to meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value expected by the Code of Practice for Statistics are assigned National Statistics status. This table lists those statistics that will continue to be produced but where, because of the Covid-19 outbreak, it has not been possible for the producer body to comply with the Code of Practice in full. In those cases National Statistics status has been suspended. We have issued guidance to help producers when considering suspension of National Statistics status.
|Producer body||Statistics||Changes||Duration||Relevant links if any|
|Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government||Local authority revenue expenditure and financing, England: 2020||Data inconsistencies due to COVID-19 crisis||One year||Letter|
|Office for National Statistics||Overseas travel and tourism statistics||Temporary suspension of National Statistics designation due to COVID-19 crisis||Until further notice||Letter and Response|
|NISRA||Northern Ireland Tourism Statistics||Temporarily remove National Statistics designation from statistics published for Quarter 1 2020 onwards||Until further notice||Letter from Ed Humpherson|
Which COVID-19 deaths figures should I be looking at? (Blog from Jan 2021)
UK Data on Hospital Capacity and Occupancy (December 2020)
OSR Statement regarding transparency of data related to COVID-19 (November 2020)
Measurement of deaths related to COVID-19 (August 2020)
Covid-19 Local Area Data (July 2020)
Other Key Correspondence:
Ed Humpherson to Simon Briscoe: Care Home vaccine statements (February 2021)
Ed Humpherson to Stephen Balchin: Publication of ad hoc statistics (September 2020)