The value of crime and justice statistics

Crime and justice is changing and we think it is important that the statistics continue to reflect the real world; undoubtedly there are challenges to doing this. In our review of the Public value of crime and justice statistics in the UK we identified a need for statistics that join-up across the system, yet the separation of government and organisations, particularly in England and Wales, means that this is not always the case. And we think that more work could be done across the UK so that crime statistics achieve similar public value in all administrations.

We have started conversations between producer organisations to explore some of these issues through two roundtable discussions. The first was with producer organisations across the UK and looked at increasing value by sharing information. The second was with producer organisations covering England and Wales and looked at increasing value through sharing and linking data.

Our previous work

In our work on crime and justice statistics we have a strong record of publicly challenging the status quo in crime statistics, in the trust that the public can have in crime statistics and the quality of the underlying data. We broadened our view to consider the value that crime and justice statistics bring to public debate, starting with a crime and justice statistics seminar in London in 2015 to gather expert views on how crime and justice statistics might extend their value.

During 2016 we added to our knowledge through:

  • one-to-one conversations with academics and people who interpret crime and justice statistics for a wider audience
  • a commissioned international review of leading-edge developments in crime and justice statistics
  • mapping the existing landscape of crime and justice statistics across the UK
  • regular contact with producers, following public dialogue and reading academic and methodological papers to keep abreast of topical issues and understand areas of concern

Our view on the Public value of crime and justice statistics was formed out of this ongoing activity.

If you are interested in contributing to our work or would like to receive an alert as more information becomes available, please get in touch.


Contact for more information:

Pat MacLeod
020 7592 8657

Statistics on Legal Aid in England and Wales

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Legal Aid Statistics in England and Wales (Legal Aid Statistics) published by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.

The UK Statistics Authority judges that the statistics published in Legal Aid Statistics do not fully comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in the ways summarised in paragraph 1.9. The Authority judges that the statistics published in Legal Aid Statistics cannot be designated as National Statistics until the Authority has confirmed that appropriate actions have been taken by MOJ to meet the Requirements listed in paragraph 1.9. MOJ is expected to report its completed actions to the Authority by November 2016.

MOJ has informed the Assessment team that it has started to implement the Requirements listed in paragraph 1.9. The Statistics Authority welcomes this.

Related downloads

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics