The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has today published a review of the state of the UK’s statistical system 2020/21.  

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested all aspects of our society and our lives within it, and the statistical system has been no exception. Statistics and data produced by public bodies play a crucial role in answering society’s questions: providing accountability, helping people make choices and informing policy.  

Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation said: 

“Many of the key questions of the past year have been driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as how many cases of COVID-19 have there been in my local area? How many people have been vaccinated?  

He continued: “Statistical producers across the UK governments have responded brilliantly over the pandemic to help these question and to uphold a statistical system that serves the public good.” 

This report highlights positive examples of statistical producers doing things well which OSR would like to see continue in the future, with improvements gaining further momentum and ensuring that statistics and data serve the public good now and in the future. 

Read the full State of the Statistical System report with case studies.

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