ONS commissioned this report. We asked the review team to:
provide independent assurance that the methodology and statistical research is based upon sound research and a strong evidence base;
identify areas where evidence could be significantly improved;
identify the main risks with the emerging view, noting any particular problems/challenges with the methods recommended, and any further work required to mitigate these risks and challenges.
I am very grateful to Chris Skinner, John Hollis, and Mike Murphy for the thorough and accessible report they have produced. I welcome the team's recommendations. ONS' responses to the recommendations will now be published in early 2014.
Executive Director - Population and Demography
1 November 2013