9.30am release time review

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This page was last updated on Thursday 6 January 2022

We want to make sure that statistics are equally accessible to all and as useful as possible to the people who use them. The Code of Practice for Statistics states that statistics should be released at 9.30am (see Practice T3.6). During the pandemic, we granted exemptions to allow the release of market sensitive statistics at 7am, as well as to some COVID-19 related statistics to be released as soon as prepared and quality assured, with release times of noon and 2pm.

The Code of Practice for Statistics is a living document and we want the Code to remain as relevant as possible to statistical practice and to the needs of society. We are undertaking a review into whether the 9.30am release time stated in the Code meets today’s needs. It is critical that the release approach maintains confidence in the integrity of the official statistics and in their independence, while best serving the public good.

On 28 September 2021, we opened a 12 week consultation on proposed changes to the Code of Practice for Statistics, on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority. We are now considering those responses and will report on next steps shortly. Find out more.