Today the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has published an update on the progress that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has made on implementation of their recommendations. 

ONS has sought to improve the clarity and coherence of communication around migration transformation, and the November 2023 suite of publications is a good demonstration of this. The material is tailored to meet the needs of expert and less technical users alike and this will help support public confidence in the use of these statistics.  

This report concludes that nine of OSR’s recommendations can now be closed, and it recognises the ambitious and innovative work that ONS is progressing.   

There are four recommendations that ONS has not yet addressed in full focus on:  

  • Plans for the ongoing review of data sources; 
  • Developing and publishing measures of uncertainty;  
  • Publishing long-term plans for international migration statistics; and  
  • Publishing a population and migration transformation road map.  

Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation said: 

Whilst there are still some areas to address, we recognise the significant improvements made to the presentation of the statistics since we published our report. ONS has taken a more proactive approach to user engagement, seeking out the views of a wide range of users from a variety of settings and using the insights gained from this engagement to improve communication and prioritise and direct aspects of the transformation. There are however ongoing issues around publishing plans and communicating uncertainty that ONS should address. 

Notes to Editors: 

  1. OSR provides independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government. 
  1. OSR does this by setting the standards they must meet in the Code of Practice for Statistics. We ensure that producers of government statistics uphold these standards by conducting assessments against the Code. 
  1. Part of our role as the statistics regulator is to investigate concerns on the quality, good practice and comprehensiveness of official statistics. It is not our role to moderate public discourse. 

For media enquiries please contact OSR 

on Tel: +44 (0)207 592 8659 

Related Links:

Ed Humpherson to Emma Rourke: ONS Migration Statistics Transformation

Office for National Statistics’ transformation of Long-Term International Migration Estimates: OSR progress report, December 2023

Review of Migration Statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics