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Office for National Statistics: publication scheme

This publication scheme lists the core information which the Office for National Statistics (ONS) commits to make publicly available in the interests of Freedom of Information.

Who we are and what we do

Location of all ONS offices
Contact details
Details of the legislation relevant to the governance of ONS

What we spend and how we spend it

Annual report and accounts
Details of how ONS is funded

Consultations

Open and recent consultations (2011-12)

Archived consulations (pre 2011)

Our policies and procedures

News agencies accredited to attend ONS lock-in media briefings

Agreement for attendance at Office for National Statistics lock-in media briefings (28.4 Kb Pdf)

The services we offer

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) commissioned ad hoc data (131.2 Kb Pdf) In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from ASHE, bespoke analyses may be commissioned independently, for a fee.                                                      
For further information, please contact earnings@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Annual Business Survey

In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from the ABS, bespoke analyses may be commissioned independently, for a fee. For further information, please contact abs@ons.gsi.gov.uk

R&D Surveys commissioned ad hoc data (17.1 Kb Pdf)

In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from the R&D Surveys, bespoke analyses may be commissioned independently, for a fee.

For further information, please contact RandD@ons.gsi.gov.uk

ICT Surveys commissioned ad hoc data (28.4 Kb Pdf)

In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from the ICT Surveys, bespoke analyses may be commissioned independently, for a fee.  Further information may be obtained as follows:

For Internet Access analyses: esociety@ons.gsi.gov.uk

For ICT Activity of UK Businesses (E-commerce) analyses: ecommerce@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Access to publications and published data

Search ONS's publications and published data by theme and sub-group theme.

Commissioned services

 

Non-disclosive datasets can be commissioned and created for a fee.

For further information, please contact the statistician at the Commissioned services link or the ONS Customer Contact Centre.

Census commissioned tables (25.4 Kb Pdf)

In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from the 2011 Census. tables may be independently commissioned when customer requirements are not met by data available in the published tables, for a fee.

For further information, please contact Census Customer Services.

Ad hoc data

Links to ONS additional statistical data and analyses, by theme, that have not been included in our standard publications.

Freedom of Information (FOI) request

If the information is not available from any of the routes listed above then you are entitled to make an FOI request.

Underlying datasets

ONS has a number of datasets that underpin its work; these are not published as a matter of course but are available directly from the business area.

Data available to approved researchers

ONS provides a range of services through which customers can apply to gain access to these data.

Access to microdata and disclosive data (data which has the potential to identify an individual) requires the approval of the ONS Microdata Release Procedure (MRP) before the data can be provided

Approved Researcher accreditation

Access to sensitive ONS data is possible once an individual has been accredited as an approved researcher. Each project undertaken requires a separate accreditation.

ONS Social Survey commissioned ad hoc data (33 Kb Word document)   In addition to the tables prepared for the standard outputs from ONS Social Survey, bespoke analyses may be commissioned independently, for a fee. For further information, please contact socialsurveys@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Commissioned Services

National Statistics Postcode Products

The ONS Postcode Directory (ONSPD) is a key ONS Geography product and is used by a variety of customers, including central and local government, private industry and academia. It links all current and terminated UK postcodes to the administrative, health and other geographic areas in which each postcode falls.

The National Statistics Postcode Look-up (NSPL) should be used by producers of National Statistics to allocate their source statistics at postcode level to a wide range of higher geographies. The NSPL does this by allocating UK postcodes to Output Areas (OA). These OAs are then referenced to a wide range of higher geographies, for example local authorities, by a best-fit methodology that uses 2001 Census population data.

The data is supplied free of charge under Open Government Licence terms (plus Land & Property Services end user licensing covering NI data). Where Data is currently supplied via CD / DVD the ONS corporate charge to supply this media type applies.

Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public.

Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.

Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:

  • photocopying

  • postage and packaging

  • the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

Charges may be made for commissioned services. If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

Written requests

Information held by a public authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information requests and contact details

FOI Team
Room 1400
Office for National Statistics
Segensworth Road
Titchfield
Hampshire PO15 5RR

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