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Social indicators data catalogue

This data catalogue was updated on 5 June 2014.

Poverty, Wealth and Social Security - National Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Wealth of the average household Median total household wealth including pension wealth. Great Britain, England, Wales, Scotland and English regions Wealth in Great Britain Wave 3 - 2010-2012 Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by Office for National Statistics (ONS) using comparable sources and methods. 
ONS
Family spending Average weekly household expenditure, 2012 (UK), 2010-2012 for UK countries and English regions (three year average). United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Family Spending, 2013 Edition, Table A33 Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by ONS using comparable sources and methods. 
ONS
Households in poverty Number and percentage of individuals in households below poverty thresholds before and after housing costs. United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Households below average income (HBAI): 1994/95 to 2011/12, Table 3.6db Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) using comparable sources and methods. Please note that although the figures referred to in the compendium are for before housing costs (BHC), the tables include both BHC and after housing costs (AHC) measures of low income.
DWP
Children in poverty Number and percentage of children living in households below poverty thresholds before and after housing costs. United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Households below average income (HBAI): 1994/95 to 2011/12, Table 4.16ts Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. Please note that although the figures referred to in the compendium are for BHC, the tables include both BHC and AHC measures of low income.
DWP
Fuel poverty Number and percentage of households in fuel poverty. For definitions of fuel poverty, please refer to comparability. See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Partially Comparable                             
Figures produced by SG are National Statistics and are partially comparable with the Official Statistics produced for the other countries.

Each country produces fuel poverty estimates using their house condition/property survey and model information to estimate fuel poverty. The current definition considers a household to be fuel poor if, in order to maintain an adequate level of warmth, it is required to spend more than 10% of its income on household fuel use. Underlying source data and methodology are different but the core definition of fuel poverty is the same.

 
Scotland Scottish Government (SG)
Tax credits Number and percentage of families receiving child and working tax credits statistics. Users will need to consider numbers per x population if wanting to compare across the countries. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Child and Working Tax Credits statistics finalised annual awards 2012/13 Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) using comparable sources and methods.
HMRC

 

Poverty, Wealth and Social Security - Official Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Benefit cap Statistics on households affected by the benefit cap and on Jobcentre Plus activity with claimants who may be affected by it. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Northern Ireland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics. Figures for Northern Ireland produced by DSDNI are comparable to figures for the rest of the UK.
DWP
Northern Ireland   Department for Social Development Northern Ireland (DSDNI)
Expenditure on benefits Benefit expenditure by country and region. Users will need to consider benefit expenditure per capita if wanting to compare across the countries. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Benefit expenditure by region 1996/97 to 2012/13 Fully Comparable
Figures for Great Britain, regions of England, Wales and Scotland all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. Figures for Northern Ireland are produced by DSDNI, but are comparable to figures for the rest of the UK.
DWP
Northern Ireland Resource accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 DSDNI
Number of benefits claimants Number of people claiming different types of state benefits. Users will need to consider the number of claimants per x people if wanting to compare across the countries. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics. Figures for Northern Ireland produced by DSDNI are comparable to figures for the rest of the UK.
DWP
Northern Ireland   DSDNI
Children in out of work benefit households Annual statistics on the numbers of children living in households where a parent or guardian claimed out-of-work benefits throughout the year. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP. These statistics are published by country, region, local authority, Parliamentary constituency, ward and output area.
DWP
Employment support allowance (ESA) and incapacity benefit reassessment (IBR) work capability assessments (WCA) outcomes  Statistics on the outcomes of completed assessments, claims still in progress and claims closed before the assessment procedure was complete. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics.
DWP
Pre-work programme support and Get Britain Working Statistics on the number of referrals to and starts of the pre-work programme support and Get Britain Working schemes. Great Britain, England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics.
DWP
Work Choice scheme Number of referrals to the Work Choice scheme in the reference period and the corresponding numbers of Work Choice starts and job outcomes. Great Britain, England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics.
DWP
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB) Data about claims for the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB) split into sections on time series and new claims and first diagnosed assessments. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by DWP using comparable sources and methods. They are not designated National Statistics.
DWP
Fuel poverty Number and percentage of households in fuel poverty. For definitions of fuel poverty, please refer to comparability. England and English Regions

Partially Comparable
Figures produced by DECC, the Welsh Government (WG) and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are not National Statistics.

DECC produce data on fuel poverty for England but this measure and issue is fully devolved. Each country produces fuel poverty estimates using their house condition/property survey and model information to estimate fuel poverty. The current definition considers a household to be fuel poor if, in order to maintain an adequate level of warmth, it is required to spend more than 10% of its income on household fuel use. Underlying source data and methodology are different but the core definition of fuel poverty is the same.                                                                                                  

Following the recommendations of an independent review into Fuel Poverty, DECC has recently announced its intention to adopt a new definition of fuel poverty. Under this new definition, a household is considered to be fuel poor if:
• they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level); and
• were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.

Department for Energy and Climate Change
Wales Welsh Government (WG)
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Housing Executive
DWP statistics tabulation tool Online tabulation tool which allows users to download and customise DWP statistics. Great Britain, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland   Grading Not Applicable. DWP

 

Health - National Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables for the UK These tables provide quarterly and annual data for a selection of key statistics under the following themes: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions. For more detailed data on these topics, please refer to the individual entries in the data catalogue. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland   Grading Not Applicable - please refer to data catalogue entries below for individual measures. ONS
Life expectancy Life expectancy can be found in the Population and Migration theme data catalogue.  
Healthy life expectancy Healthy life expectancy at birth and age 65. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Health Expectancies at Birth and Age 65 in the United Kingdom, 2008-10

Fully Comparable
ONS publishes the definitive UK and country level HLE estimates  for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which provide estimates of HLE at birth and aged 65. It should be noted that prior to 2010, HLE estimates for Northern Ireland were derived from the Continuous Household Survey (CHS). From 2010 onwards, estimates have been derived from the Health Survey Northern Ireland (HSNI). This has resulted in a slight decline in the prevalence of ‘very good’ and ‘good’ general health and a slight increase in the prevalence of limiting persistent illness or disability compared to what might have been expected from the CHS. This may have impacted the estimates of HLE for Northern Ireland in 2008-10.

Sub-national HLE statistics for geographical areas are produced by ONS for England, by the Scottish Public Health Observatory for Scotland and by Public Health Wales for Wales; but none exist for Northern Ireland. The sub-national administrative estimates are considered broadly comparable between England and Scotland – however they are influenced by the treatment of non-resident death -  but not for Wales, who use a different methodology to gather self-assessed health. Therefore users are advised to make use of the ONS national HLE estimates when comparing across the four countries of the UK, but to use the estimates produced by the relevant national organisation when looking at life expectancy within a particular country. In Northern Ireland, deaths to non-residents are included in total figures for Northern Ireland. In any sub-division of Northern Ireland, where place of residence is not available or is outside Northern Ireland, place of occurrence is used to assign the area within Northern Ireland.

ONS
Mortality - age standardised mortality rates Age Standardised Mortality Rates (ASMRs) are for all causes of death, cover all ages, and are directly age-standardised to the European Standard Population, which allows comparisons between populations with different age structures and over time.  United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Mortality Statistics: Deaths Registered in England and Wales by Area of Usual Residence, 2012 Fully Comparable 
Although published in a single release, these data are held separately by ONS, National Records of Scotland (NRS) and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
ONS
Mortality - deaths registered Mortality statistics based on deaths registered by age-group, sex and underlying cause of death and by other selected information collected at the time of registration. England and Wales Partially Comparable
General Mortality statistics are available for the four constituent countries of the UK. Information about all deaths registered in England and Wales is held by the ONS.  Death registration data for Scotland and Northern Ireland is held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), respectively.  In Scotland a death must be registered within eight days compared to five days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However the definitions, classifications and methods used in mortality statistics are broadly comparable across the four countries.  All four countries use ICD-10v2010 to code cause of death. In terms of how non-resident deaths are dealt with, in England and Wales, deaths of those whose usual residence is outside England and Wales are included in total figures for England and Wales but excluded from any sub-division of England and Wales. In Scotland, deaths to non-residents are included in total figures for Scotland and also in any sub-division of Scotland (on basis of where death occurred rather than area of usual residence). In Northern Ireland, deaths to non-residents are treated similarly to Scotland although they do produce one table which separately identifies such deaths for sub-division of Northern Ireland (on basis of where death occurred).
ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Alcohol-related deaths Deaths which are directly related to alcohol consumption. United Kingdom, Regions of England and Wales

Partially Comparable to Not Comparable
Mortality attributed to various causes statistics are available for the  four constituent countries of the UK. Mortality data are used to derive estimates for one or more UK nations for the number of deaths that can be attributed to causes such as: alcohol, smoking, drug poisoning, suicide, cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, perinatal and infant mortality, unintentional injuries, and for deaths that are avoidable, preventable and amenable. A death is amenable (treatable) if, in the light of medical knowledge and technology at the time of death, all or most deaths from that cause (subject to age limits if appropriate) could be avoided through good quality healthcare. A death is preventable if, in the light of understanding of the determinants of health at time of death, all or most deaths from that cause (subject to age limits if appropriate) could be avoided by public health interventions in the broadest sense. Avoidable deaths are all those defined as preventable, amenable or both, where each death is counted only once. Where a cause of death is both preventable and amenable, all deaths from that cause are counted in both categories when they are presented separately.            

The underlying mortality data used to derive these estimates are partially comparable, being produced from separate sources of data, but using similar methods and standards. For some causes, such as alcohol, estimates of deaths are derived from those data for all four UK nations using the same definitions and methods. In other cases, such as smoking, separate estimates are derived across the UK using different definitions and methods. For some, such as figures for avoidable, preventable and amenable deaths, estimates are not available for all four UK nations. There are however some significant differences in the coronial and registration processes which affect comparison of suicide statistics.

ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Suicides Deaths of those aged 15 and over given an underlying cause of intentional self-harm or an injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. United Kingdom, Regions of England and Wales ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Drug-related deaths Deaths (including accidents and suicides) related to drug poisoning (involving both legal and illegal drugs), drug abuse and drug dependence, but not other adverse effects of drugs (for example anaphylactic shock). Some deaths may also be the result of complications of drug abuse, such as deep vein thrombosis or septicaemia resulting from intravenous drug use, rather than an acute drug overdose. Regions of England and Wales ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Deaths involving MRSA England and Wales ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Deaths involving Clostridium difficile England and Wales ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Infant deaths Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births (based on deaths registrations). England and Wales Fully Comparable
Figures are compiled by different statistical methods using comparable sources and methods.
ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
GP patient experience See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Partially Comparable
Figures produced by SG are National Statistics and are partially comparable with figures produced for the other countries.

GP Patient Experience  statistics are available for the four countries of the UK. GP patient experience surveys are carried out separately in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The frequency and method of collection differs between the countries, but there is broadly comparable information available for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the care received at the surgery. Caution is advised for comparisons between the Welsh survey and the English, Northern Irish and Scottish surveys as the Welsh survey uses a distinctly different methodology. It has also been possible to rework data from the English survey to enable comparisons between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on patient engagement with the doctor and nurse.  This information is published as part of the Scottish GP Patient Experience Survey.

 
Scotland SG
Inpatient experience See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England

Not Comparable
Figures produced by SG are National Statistics. Comparisons on Inpatient Experience are not available for Wales and Northern Ireland.

The English and Scottish surveys are not comparable due to differences in sampling, questionnaire structure, questions and response categories. Comparisons are possible for a number of similar questions which are asked in both the English and Scottish surveys.                                                                                        

 
Scotland SG
Accident and Emergency waiting times  (non-elective) See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England Partially Comparable
Figures produced for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are National Statistics.
All four UK countries publish information on the time spent in Accident and Emergency (A&E), though this can be labelled under Emergency Department (as in Scotland) or Emergency Care (as in Northern Ireland). The published statistics are not exactly comparable because: they were designed to monitor targets which have developed separately within each country; the provision and classification of unscheduled care services varies across the UK; the systems which collect the data are different.
 
Wales WG
Scotland Information Services Division (ISD), National Health Service Scotland
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Elective waiting times – referral to treatment times Time spent waiting between initial referral by a GP to start of agreed treatment or discharge. England

Partially Comparable
England, Scotland and Wales publish referral to treatment waiting times – which measures the complete patient pathway from initial referral e.g. by a GP, to agreed treatment or discharge - in addition to certain stages of treatment waiting times. Northern Ireland publish waiting times statistics for the inpatient, outpatient and diagnostics stages of treatment – which measures waiting times for the different stages of the patient pathway, typically specific waits for outpatient, diagnostic or inpatient treatment, or for specific services such as audiology. 

In relation to referral to treatment waiting times, whilst there are similar concepts in England, Wales and Scotland in terms of measuring waiting times from the receipt of referral by the hospital to the start of treatment, and, the types of patients included, there are distinct differences in the individual rules around measuring waiting times. This is particularly important regarding ‘when the clock stops or pauses’, exemptions, and the specialities covered. 

National Health Service England
Wales WG
Scotland Information Services Division (ISD), National Health Service Scotland
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Children in the care system Number of children looked after by local authorities. Users will need to consider children looked after per x children if wanting to compare proportions across the countries. England Partially Comparable
The number of looked after children is not directly comparable across the four countries of the UK. Whilst information is gathered and published by each country this is done to slightly different definitions of what constitutes ‘looked after’ by the Local Authority, and the point in the calendar when the data collection takes place.
Department for Education (DfE)
Wales WG
Scotland SG
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Number of children in need A child in need is one who has been assessed by children’s social care to be in need of services. These services can include, for example, family support (to help keep together families experiencing difficulties), leaving care support (to help young people who have left local authority care), adoption support, or disabled children’s services (including social care, education and health provision). Users will need to consider children in need per x children if wanting to compare proportions across the countries. England Partially Comparable
Figures produced for England and Northern Ireland are National Statistics.

The number of children in need is a statistic which is not gathered across all countries of the UK. England and Wales gather information, but the collection is done at different points in the year, and the Welsh figures focus on children whose case has been open for 3 or more months – in England all open cases are included. Scotland does not gather this information. Northern Ireland collect data on children in need, and currently publish figures on the number of children referred for an assessment of need during the year. However, they will be sourcing new information which in the future will allow them to report on the actual number of children in need.  In Northern Ireland, the total number of children in need would be the total number of children on social work files including pending referrals, open cases and investigations.  Please note that the figures for Wales are designated as experimental statistics.
DfE
See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Wales  
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Smoking prevalence Includes measures of current smoking status and frequency and pattern of current smoking. Specific measures vary between countries (see comparability). England Partially Comparable
These figures produced by England, Wales and Scotland are National Statistics.

Statistics on smoking prevalence taken from Scottish Health Survey, Health Survey for England,  Welsh Health Survey and Health Survey for Northern Ireland are assessed to be partially comparable. To draw comparisons on statistics relating to health risks between the countries of the UK, the Health surveys run by the SG (Scottish Health Survey), Health and Social Care Information Centre (Health Survey for England), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Health Survey for Northern Ireland), and the WG (Welsh Health Survey) provide useful sources.  The surveys are run separately, sampling methodologies differ and, for some surveys/health risks, different questions or methods are used. There are other sources, including the Integrated Household Survey by ONS (see the experimental statistics section below). 
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Wales WG
Scotland SG
See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland  
Obesity Percentage of adults defined as obese using the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale.  England Not Comparable
Figures produced for England, Wales and Scotland are National Statistics.

Statistics on adult obesity taken from Scottish Health Survey, Health Survey for England, Welsh Health Survey and Health Survey for Northern Ireland define adult obesity consistently using the BMI scale.  However, height and weight measurements are self-reported in the Welsh Health Survey and are therefore not directly comparable with equivalent statistics in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, where direct measurements are taken. The surveys are run separately, and sampling methodologies differ.
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Wales WG
Scotland SG
See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland  
Alcohol consumption United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales and Scotland Drinking Habits Amongst Adults, 2012, (Table 10 Drinking Habits by Region, 2012) Not Comparable
Statistics on alcohol consumption taken from Scottish Health Survey, Health Survey for England, Welsh Health Survey and Health Survey for Northern Ireland are assessed to be Not Comparable (level F) based on the four Nations Comparability Scale. Statistics on alcohol consumption on the heaviest drinking day in the previous week are available for Scotland, England and Wales;  statistics on mean weekly alcohol consumption are available for Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.  Whilst the survey questions are generally similar, the modes of delivery differ: for example, for heaviest daily consumption, face-to-face in Scotland and England; self-completion in Wales.  Furthermore, categorisation of drinkers and non-drinkers is inconsistent, and some differences exist in the way some alcoholic drinks are categorised or presented to the respondent. To draw comparisons on statistics relating to health risks between the countries of the UK, the Health surveys run by the Scottish Government (Scottish Health Survey), Health and Social Care Information Centre (Health Survey for England), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Health Survey for Northern Ireland), and the Welsh Government (Welsh Health Survey) provide useful sources.  The surveys are run separately, sampling methodologies differ and, for some surveys/health risks, different questions or methods are used. There are other sources, including the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey by ONS. The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey estimates smoking prevalence and alcohol consumption across Scotland, England and Wales.  Although some of the measures in the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey are similar to those in the dedicated health surveys, the sample in Scotland and Wales is relatively small, so cross-national comparisons are more limited.
Office for National Statistics
England Health and Social Care Information Centre
Wales WG
Scotland SG
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Long-term health problem or disability Number and percentage of people reporting that their day-to-day activities were limited 'a lot' by a long-term health problem or disability, including problems related to old age. United Kingdom and Local Authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom - Part 1 (Table QS303UK) Fully Comparable
Figures produced by ONS, NRS and NISRA using comparable sources and methods.
ONS, NRS and NISRA
Teenage conceptions Conceptions to women aged under 16, under 18 and under 20 (figures and rates). England and Wales Fully Comparable    
Conception figures are available for women aged under 16, under 18 and under 20 for England and Wales and for Scotland.  In 2006 Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland introduced a new method of calculating teenage pregnancy information. The new methodology means that Scottish teenage pregnancy rates can be directly compared with the rates published for England and Wales.  In Northern Ireland it is lawful to perform an operation for the termination of a pregnancy where it is necessary to preserve the life of the woman, or where there is a risk of real and serious adverse effect on her physical or mental health, which is either long term or permanent. In any other circumstance it would be unlawful to perform such an operation. Due to the small numbers of abortions carried out in Northern Ireland each year, and in order to protect patient confidentiality, information on abortions is only released as a Northern Ireland total, and as such cannot be broken down for comparative analysis. Consequently there are no comparable conception figures for Northern Ireland.
ONS
Scotland   Information Services Division (ISD), National Health Service Scotland

 

Health - Experimental and Official Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
GP patient experience England Partially Comparable
Statistics for England, Wales and Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with National Statistics for Scotland.

GP Patient Experience  statistics are available for the four countries of the UK. GP patient experience surveys are carried out separately in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The frequency and method of collection differs between the countries, but there is broadly comparable information available for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the care received at the surgery. Caution is advised for comparisons between the Welsh survey and the English, Northern Irish and Scottish surveys as the Welsh survey uses a distinctly different methodology. It has also been possible to rework data from the English survey to enable comparisons between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on patient engagement with the doctor and nurse.  This information is published as part of the Scottish GP Patient Experience Survey.
National Health Service England
Wales WG
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Inpatient experience England Not Comparable
Figures produced for England are Official Statistics and are not comparable with National Statistics for Scotland. Inpatient Experience are not available for Wales and Northern Ireland. Comparisons are possible for a number of similar questions which are asked in both the English and Scottish surveys.                                                   
Care Quality Commission
Maternity experience England Fully Comparable
Maternity Experience statistics are available for England and Scotland as Official Statistics.  Maternity Care experience figures for England are considered comparable with Scottish figures (which are planned to be) published for the first time in Autumn 2013. Although collected separately, data for England and Scotland are derived from largely identical questionnaires. Comparisons are not available for Wales and Northern Ireland.
Care Quality Commission
Scotland SG
Social care (adult) experience Information on adult (aged 18 and over) service users' views and experiences of social care. England Not Comparable
Social Care (adult) Experience statistics are only currently produced by England and are not designated National Statistics. Information on client experience of Social Care is gathered in England through the Adult Social Care Survey (England) and Survey of Carers (England) products. There are no comparable data gathered in Scotland or Wales. Scotland will be gathering information on client experience through its Health and Care Experience Survey (Scotland) – but it will not be comparable with the information gathered in England. The Scottish  survey will gather information for the first time in November 2013.  
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Accident and Emergency waiting times  (non-elective) England Partially Comparable
Figures for England are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with the National Statistics produced for the other countries.

The published statistics are not exactly comparable because: they were designed to monitor targets which have developed separately within each country; the provision and classification of unscheduled care services varies across the UK; the systems which collect the data are different.
National Health Service England
Re-admissions (to hospital) Emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge based on five indicators. England Not Comparable
Information on emergency re-admissions is collected in England as Official Statistics for fractured proximal femur; hip replacement surgery; hysterectomy; stroke and ‘all readmissions’. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not routinely publish information on emergency re-admissions.
National Health Service Information Centre for Health and Social Care
Hospital mortality ratios  Ratio between the actual number of patients who die following treatment and the number that would be expected to die. The methodologies for calculating both parts of the ratio vary between countries (see comparability). England (Official Experimental Statistics) Not Comparable
Figures for Wales and Scotland are Official Statistics. Figures for England are Experimental Statistics.

Methodologies and information on Hospital Mortality are sufficiently different across England, Wales and Scotland to mean that direct comparisons should not be made between the countries on the basis of these statistics. In Scotland the main figure used is the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HMSR) and in England it is the Summary Hospital–level Mortality Index (SHMI). Northern Ireland do not currently publish information on Hospital Mortality but are in the process of developing a suitable methodology. Wales are in the process of developing a new measure.
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Wales Local Health Boards in Wales
Scotland Information Services Division (ISD), National Health Service Scotland
Number of children in need A child in need is one who has been assessed by children’s social care to be in need of services. These services can include, for example, family support (to help keep together families experiencing difficulties), leaving care support (to help young people who have left local authority care), adoption support, or disabled children’s services (including social care, education and health provision). Users will need to consider children in need per x children if wanting to compare proportions across the countries. Wales (Official Experimental Statistics) Not Comparable
Figures produced for Wales are Experimental Statistics and are not comparable with the National Statistics produced for England and Northern Ireland. Scotland does not gather this information.

The number of children in need is a statistic which is not gathered across all countries of the UK. England and Wales gather information, but the collection is done at different points in the year, and the Welsh figures focus on children whose case has been open for 3 or more months – in England all open cases are included. Northern Ireland collect data on children in need, and currently publish figures on the number of children referred for an assessment of need during the year. However, they will be sourcing new information which in the future will allow them to report on the actual number of children in need.
WG
Smoking prevalence Includes measures of current smoking status and frequency and pattern of current smoking. Specific measures vary between countries (see comparability). United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Irelan (Official Experimental Statistics) These statistics are experimental and are only partially comparable with the National Statistic measures presented above. 

This provides a set of estimates of smoking prevalence in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland on a fully comparable basis. The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey estimates smoking prevalence and alcohol consumption across Scotland, England and Wales.  Although some of the measures in the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey are similar to those in the dedicated health surveys, the sample in Scotland and Wales is relatively small, so cross-national comparisons are more limited.
ONS
Northern Ireland Partially Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with the National Statistics produced for the other countries. To draw comparisons on statistics relating to health risks between the countries of the UK, the Health surveys run by the SG (Scottish Health Survey), Health and Social Care Information Centre (Health Survey for England), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Health Survey for Northern Ireland), and the WG (Welsh Health Survey) provide useful sources.  The surveys are run separately, sampling methodologies differ and, for some surveys/health risks, different questions or methods are used.
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Obesity Percentage of adults defined as obese using the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale.  Northern Ireland Fully Comparable
Figures produced by Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are fully comparable with the National Statistics produced for England and Scotland.
Statistics on adult obesity taken from Scottish Health Survey, Health Survey for England, Welsh Health Survey and Health Survey for Northern Ireland define adult obesity consistently using the BMI scale.  However, height and weight measurements are self-reported in the Welsh Health Survey and are therefore not directly comparable with equivalent statistics in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, where direct measurements are taken. The surveys are run separately, and sampling methodologies differ.
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Alcohol consumption   Northern Ireland   Not Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are not comparable with statistics produced for the other countries.
Statistics are taken from the Health Survey for Northern Ireland. Statistics on alcohol consumption on the heaviest drinking day in the previous week are available for Scotland, England and Wales;  statistics on mean weekly alcohol consumption are available for Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.  Whilst the survey questions are generally similar, the modes of delivery differ: for example, for heaviest daily consumption, face-to-face in Scotland and England; self-completion in Wales.  Furthermore, categorisation of drinkers and non-drinkers is inconsistent, and some differences exist in the way some alcoholic drinks are categorised or presented to the respondent. To draw comparisons on statistics relating to health risks between the countries of the UK, the Health surveys run by the SG (Scottish Health Survey), Health and Social Care Information Centre (Health Survey for England), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Health Survey for Northern Ireland), and the WG (Welsh Health Survey) provide useful sources.  The surveys are run separately, sampling methodologies differ and, for some surveys/health risks, different questions or methods are used.
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland

Crime and Justice - National Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Total number of crimes - crime survey data Total number of crimes recorded in national crime surveys. Users will need to consider crimes per x people/households if wanting to compare crime rates across the countries. England and Wales Crime Statistics - period ending March 2013, Table A2

Fully Comparable
England and Wales are covered by the same survey, and so are fully comparable. Northern Ireland uses the same methodology and content for its survey, and so the results are broadly comparable. Northern Ireland incidence rates are generally shown per 10,000 adults/households, whereas England/Wales are shown per 1,000 but one could easily be converted to the other.

A fuller assessment of comparability ("International and UK Comparisons") has been carried out by the ONS, and is included in the latest crime statistics publication.

ONS
Northern Ireland Experience of Crime: Findings from the 2012/13 Northern Ireland Crime Survey, Table A6 Department of Justice Northern Ireland
Scotland Partially comparable
The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey also follow a similar format to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, having a shared antecedence in the British Crime Survey (whose sample during some rounds of the survey in the 1980s covered Scotland, south of the Caledonian Canal). There are differences in the crimes/offence classifications to reflect the differing legal systems but the results from the surveys are broadly comparable.
SG
Total number of crimes - police recorded crime data Total number of crimes recorded by the police. Users will need to consider crimes per x people/households if wanting to compare crime rates across the countries. See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England and Wales Fully Comparable
Northern Ireland use the same National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) as the Home Office use as for England and Wales, so their data are closely comparable.

Users would need to ensure the same crime/offence types were included if comparing across countries. Some differences in legislation also make it difficult to compare perfectly. Northern Ireland figures include fraud, so comparisons with England & Wales should be treated with caution given the recent staggered move to record fraud offences via a central body (Action Fraud). It would probably be wise to exclude fraud from both sets of figures to allow a fair comparison.

A fuller assessment of comparability ("International and UK Comparisons") has been carried out by the ONS, and is included in the latest crime statistics publication. Users should also note that following an assessment by the UK Statistics Authority, police record crime data are no longer designated as National Statistics.
ONS
Northern Ireland Trends in Police Recorded Crime in Northern Ireland 1998/99 to 2012/13 Police Service of Northern Ireland
Scotland Partially comparable
Police Recorded Crime in Scotland divides data into crimes and offences, but this is only for statistical purposes. For example, the word "crime" is used to cover more serious offences, whilst "offence" indicates lesser offences. However, as long as it is ensured that the same crime/offence types are included in the total, the figures will be partially comparable. There are differences in crime recording practices; for example, an incident where an intruder breaks into a home and assaults the sole occupant would be recorded as two crimes in Scotland.
SG
Police activity Total number of stops and searches carried out and total number of consequent arrests under three Acts in England and Wales; Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (CJPOA), and Terrorism Act 2000 and under three legislative powers for Northern Ireland; PACE, Terrorism Act 2000 and Justice and Security Act 2007 (JSA) . England and Wales Not Comparable
Fully comparable for England & Wales, as they come from the same dataset. Not currently collected by SG; discussions are ongoing between statisticians there and Police Scotland. Partially comparable with Northern Ireland's data (which are Official Statistics).  
Home Office (HO)
See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland  
Police personnel & resources Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers. England and Wales Partially Comparable
England and Wales are fully comparable, as they are covered by the same set of statistics. Figures are produced separately for Scotland and Northern Ireland which are not designated National Statistics. The figures all cover the same time frames and exclude police staff. England, Wales and Northern Ireland publish breakdowns by rank. The SG does not, but Police Scotland does hold the figures and will publish additional police officer data with effect from March 2014, so the figures could be provided if needed.  There are some differences in more minor factors (e.g. whether secondments are included, whether officers on career breaks are included), which mean that the statistics are not perfectly comparable.
HO
See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland  
Total number of persons or companies found or have pleaded guilty of criminal offence at all courts Data sources are LIBRA and CREST (Crown Court management information system) in England and Wales, the Criminal History System in Scotland and the convictions database ex-Causeway in Northern Ireland.  England and Wales Partially Comparable
Some differences exists between England and Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland owing to the different justice/court systems that exist in these areas. The prosecution/court process in England and Wales is broadly comparable with Northern Ireland (Official Statistics), where a similar system of Magistrates and Crown Courts exists, but differs to the Scottish system which comprises of the High Court, Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace court. Data in all areas come from administrative systems and similar counting rules exists in relation to aspects such as counting only the principal offence where an individual court case involves several different offences. However there are differences between areas in terms of naming conventions and additionally, differences in the underlying criminal justice systems mean that more low-level offences are likely to be heard in court in England or Wales as opposed to Scotland.
Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
Scotland Scottish Government
See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland Department of Justice Northern Ireland
Total number of out of court disposals issued Data sources are police disposal data in England and Wales, Criminal History System in Scotland,  Convictions database ex-Causeway in Northern Ireland. England and Wales Not Comparable
England and Wales are fully comparable as they are covered by the same datasets and system of out of court disposals. There are significant differences when comparing data for England/Wales with data for Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly driven by differences in the range of out of court disposals available in these areas. Out of court disposal statistics in England and Wales include police cautions, reprimands and warnings given to juveniles (until April 2013), cannabis warnings (from 2005) and penalty notices for disorder (from 2004). However, neither police cautions nor cannabis warnings exist in Scotland while Scottish out of court disposal statistics also include data from fiscal fines, warnings for anti-social behaviour and a range of diversionary measures. In Northern Ireland there is an extensive diversionary and restorative apparatus, both pre-court and court-initiated in addition to standard cautionary disposals (Informed Warnings, Diversionary Youth Conferences, Restorative Cautions, Northern Ireland Driver Improvement Scheme, Prosecutorial Fines (once executed) and Community Based Restorative Justice scheme). Cannabis warnings do not exist in Northern Ireland.
MoJ
Scotland SG
Northern Ireland Police Service of Northern Ireland
Total number of offenders sentenced by all courts England and Wales Fully Comparable
England and Wales data are comparable with Scotland and Northern Ireland (Official Statistics) and sentencing are on principal offence; although Scotland Criminal statistics includes bail and undertakings which England and Wales and Northern Ireland do not include.
MoJ
Scotland SG
See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland  
Total number of offenders being supervised by probation trusts See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England, Wales and Northern Ireland Not Comparable
Figures produced for Scotland are National Statistics and are not comparable with figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland which are Official Statistics. Presentation and definitions seem to differ.
 
Scotland SG
Total number of offenders commencing a community sentence Data sources are probation case management system in England and Wales and PIMS in Northern Ireland. See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England, Wales and Northern Ireland Partially comparable
Figures produced for Scotland are National Statistics and are partially comparable with the Official Statistics produced for the other countries. England and Wales community sentence statistics are partially comparable with those from Scotland although there are inevitable differences in the type of sentences available in these areas. There are also some differences in naming conventions - for example Scotland uses term 'social work orders', England and Wales use 'court orders' but they appear broadly comparable and to have similar counting rules. Both areas use administrative systems. In Northern Ireland there are further differences in the types of sentences available as well as naming conventions.
 
Scotland SG
Number of prisoners Total number of persons (aged 15 or over) held in a prison establishment or  Immigration Removal Centre. Data sources are prison management system in England and Wales, and PRISM in Northern Ireland. England and Wales Fully Comparable
England and Wales are fully comparable as they are covered by the same data source and underlying prison system. England & Wales prison population statistics are broadly comparable with Scotland. Figures for England and Wales include numbers held in National Offender Management Service-run immigration removal centres. There is no equivalent for these centres under the authority of the Scottish Prison Service. With this aside, the data sources are all administrative systems with 100% coverage and the counting rules appear to be equivalent  - both include prisoners on remand etc. The Northern Ireland system has broadly the same statistical definitions/categories as those for England and Wales but there are certain differences in administrative arrangements for the prisons themselves which may affect comparability.
MoJ
Scotland SG
Northern Ireland Department of Justice NI
Re-offending and criminal careers The percentage of offenders who re-offend within one year of sentence or release from custody - linked prison/probation/police data in England and Wales and  linked to Convictions database ex-Causeway in Northern Ireland. England and Wales

Not Comparable
Data for England and Wales are fully comparable as they use the same data source and are based on identical justice systems.

England and Wales re-offending statistics are also broadly comparable with Scotland, and work has been carried out in the past to bring the figures into closer alignment. Both areas monitor re-offending over a one year period following release from custody or commencement of another sentence. However, there are differences in approach in terms of counting rules (Scotland count convictions that occur the follow-up period, England and Wales count cautions and convictions where the offence was committed in the period and the disposal was given within a further 6 months). Both areas use a cohort based approach using administrative systems.

Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics (see below) and the definition used is the same as that for England and Wales, while the complete annual cohort is assessed.

MoJ
Scotland SG
See the Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland    

 

Crime and Justice - Official statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Total number of crimes - police recorded crime data Total number of crimes recorded by the police. Users will need to consider crimes per x people/households if wanting to compare crime rates across the countries. England and Wales Crime Statistics - period ending March 2013, 4. Police Force Area Data Tables, Table P3      

In accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, statistics based on police recorded crime data for England and Wales have been assessed against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics and found not to meet the required standard for designation as National Statistics . The full assessment report can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website.

England and Wales are fully comparable, as they are covered by the same data collection exercise. Northern Ireland use the same National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) as the Home Office use as for England and Wales, so their data are broadly comparable. Figures are only partially comparable with Scotland. For more information see table above.

Office for National Statistics
Police activity Total number of stops and searches carried out and total number of consequent arrests under three Acts in England and Wales; Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (CJPOA), and Terrorism Act 2000 and under three legislative powers for Northern Ireland; PACE, Terrorism Act 2000 and Justice and Security Act 2007 (JSA) . Northern Ireland Not Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with England and Wales data. England and Wales are for principal offence (meaning that where more than one offence has been committed, the data are recorded against a single offence only). Additional stop and search powers (under Justice and Security Act 2007) are available to Northern Ireland, which may affect their usage of powers under Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and other legislation (including terrorism legislation).
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police personnel & resources Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers. Scotland Partially Comparable
Figures produced for Scotland and Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with the National Statistics produced for England and Wales. The figures all cover the same time frames and exclude police staff. England, Wales and Northern Ireland publish breakdowns by rank. The SG does not, but Police Scotland does hold the figures and will publish additional police officer data with effect from March 2014, so the figures could be provided if needed.  There are some differences in more minor factors (e.g. whether secondments are included, whether officers on career breaks are included), which mean that the statistics are not perfectly comparable.
SG
Northern Ireland Police Service of Northern Ireland
Total number of persons or companies found or have pleaded guilty of criminal offence at all courts Data sources are LIBRA and CREST (Crown Court management information system) in England and Wales, the Criminal History System in Scotland and the convictions database ex-Causeway in Northern Ireland.  Northern Ireland Partially Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are partially comparable with the National Statistics produced for the other countries. Some differences exists between England and Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland owing to the different justice/court systems that exist in these areas. The prosecution/court process in England and Wales is broadly comparable with Northern Ireland, where a similar system of Magistrates and Crown Courts exists, but differs to the Scottish system which comprises of the High Court, Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace court. Data in all areas come from administrative systems and similar counting rules exists in relation to aspects such as counting only the principal offence where an individual court case involves several different offences. However there are differences between areas in terms of naming conventions and additionally, differences in the underlying criminal justice systems mean that more low-level offences are likely to be heard in court in England or Wales as opposed to Scotland.
Department of Justice Northern Ireland
Total number of offenders sentenced by all courts Northern Ireland Fully Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are fully comparable with the National Statistics produced for the other countries. Scotland Criminal statistics includes bail and undertakings which England and Wales and Northern Ireland do not include.
Department of Justice NI
Total number of offenders being supervised by probation trusts England and Wales Not Comparable
Figures produced for England & Wales and Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are not comparable with National Statistics produced for Scotland. Presentation and definitions seem to differ.
MoJ
Northern Ireland Probabation Board for Northern Ireland
Total number of offenders commencing a community sentence Data sources are probation case management system in England and Wales and PIMS in Northern Ireland. England and Wales Partially comparable
Figures produced for England and Wales and Northern Ireland are Official Statistics. Figures for England and Wales are fully comparable as they are covered by the same data source and underlying probation system. England and Wales community sentence statistics are partially comparable with the National Statistics for Scotland although there are inevitable differences in the type of sentences available in these areas. There are also some differences in naming conventions - for example Scotland uses term 'social work orders', England and Wales use 'court orders' but they appear broadly comparable and to have similar counting rules. Both areas use administrative systems. In Northern Ireland there are further differences in the types of sentences available as well as naming conventions.
MoJ
Northern Ireland Department of Justice NI
Re-offending and criminal careers The percentage of offenders who re-offend within one year of sentence or release from custody - linked prison/probation/police data in England and Wales and  linked to Convictions database ex-Causeway in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland   Not Comparable
Figures produced for Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are not comparable with the National Statistics produced for other countries. In Northern Ireland the definition used is the same as that for England and Wales, while the complete annual cohort is assessed.  At present two year reconviction information is available for Northern Ireland.  As England and Wales publish one year proven reoffending information and Scotland one year reconviction, Northern Ireland's current publications are not fully comparable.   it should also be noted that differences in the offending related characteristics of those included in each cohort, make comparing reoffending/reconviction information problematic.  In addition all three will be based on information retrieved from different administrative data systems and will be subject to validation issues inherent to each system. 
Department of Justice NI

 

Education and Skills - National Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Pupil:teacher ratio The ratio of the total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) pupils on roll in schools to the total number of FTE equivalent qualified teachers regularly employed by schools. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Partially Comparable
Figures all produced by DfE using comparable sources and methods. Data on pupils and teachers is collected separately by each of the Devolved Administrations (figures for Scotland from SG and Northern Ireland from their Department of Education). The methods and standards are broadly comparable but there are some minor coverage differences. These differences are described fully in the notes to Table 1.4 in the Education and Training Statistics for the UK 2013 Report.
DfE
Destinations of school leavers See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to England and Wales. Not Comparable
Figures produced for Scotland and Northern Ireland are National Statistics and are not comparable with Official Statistics for England and Wales. The education and examination systems differ between the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. For more information about these differences, please refer to the note, the Education System in the UK.
 
Pupil Attainment - Destinations of School Leavers (15 and 16-year-olds) (Scotland). Scotland SG
Destinations of school leavers (Northern Ireland). Northern Ireland Department for Education Northern Ireland
Participation rates in higher education Data on 17-30 year old English resident first-time HE entrants to UK HE institutions and English, Welsh and Scottish FE colleges who remain in HE for at least six months. England Not Comparable
Figures produced for England and Scotland are National Statistics. All four countries produce separate statistics for participation rates in higher education. Statistics for England and Scotland are broadly comparable, but are not comparable with Official Statistics for Wales and Northern Ireland.
BIS
See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Wales  
Levels of participation by the Scottish population over statutory school leaving age at school, UK universities and Scotland’s colleges. Scotland Scottish Funding Council
See the Experimental and Official Statistics section below for figures relating to Northern Ireland  
Higher education student enrolments Number of students enrolled in higher education institutions by domicile and location of institution.
United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) using comparable sources and methods.
HESA
Percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSE grades A* – C (including English and Maths) / Scottish equivalents GCSE attainment for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and S4-S6 attainment for  Scotland. S4 examinations are taken at ages 15-16, S5 examinsations are taken at ages 16-17. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Not Comparable
Differences in the education system mean that educational attainment in Scotland is not directly comparable with attainment in other UK countries and are presented separately when producing any UK attainment tables.  For more information on these differences, please refer to section 5, on page 25 of the publication Education and Training Statistics for the UK 2013. For more general information about the education system, please refer to the note, the Education System in the UK.
DfE
GCSE and equivalent results in England. England DfE
Examination achievements of pupils aged 15 by local authority (Wales). Wales WG
Pupil Attainment in S4-S6 examinations.
S4 examinations are taken at ages 15-16, S5 examinsations are taken at ages 16-17.
Scotland SG
Summary of Annual Examination Results (SAER) - Year 12 and Year 14 Examination Performance at Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland   Department of Education Northern Ireland
Proportion of population with NVQ level 4 or equivalent and above qualifications, or with no qualifications (Annual Population Survey, APS) Proportion of 16-64 year old usual residents with NVQ level 4 or equivalent and above qualifications and with no qualifications from the APS, January to December 2012. Level 4 or equivalent and above qualifications are degrees or higher degrees or equivalent. Data can be obtained via Nomis Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Economic Indicators, March 2013 Fully Comparable  
Please note that these data have been produced to be comparable and may not match headline statistics produced by individual countries, which use alternative methodologies more appropriate to each specific country.
ONS
Proportion of usually resident population aged over 16 with Level 4 and above qualifications or with no academic or professional qualifications Level 4 and above qualifications are degrees or higher degrees or equivalent. United Kingdom including Local Authorities, Counties and Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland 2011 Census - Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom - Part 2 (Table KS501UK) Fully Comparable
Census outputs show lower levels of geographical detail than qualifications statistics from the Annual Population Survey, due to the way Census data are collected.
ONS

 

Education and Skills - Experimental and Official Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Programme for International Student Assessment scores for reading, maths and science PISA results provide comparable data on 15-year-olds' performance on reading, mathematics and science across 65 countries from a survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). See the statistics from outside the Government Statistical Service section below for figures relating to England, Wales and Northern Ireland   Fully Comparable
PISA results are published separately as official statistics by the SG. Reports on PISA results from the Department for Education for England, the Welsh Government for Wales and the Department of Education Northern Ireland are not published as official statistics. To see the full PISA results published by the OECD, please refer to the statistics from outside the Government Statistical Service section below.
 
Scotland   SG
Destinations of school leavers Educational or workforce destinations of key stage 4 (KS4) (16-year-olds) and key stage 5 (KS5) (mainly 17 -year-olds) students from schools and colleges. England (Official Experimental Statistics) Not Comparable
Figures produced for England are Experimental Statistics and figures for Wales are Official Statistics. They are not comparable with National Statistics produced for the other countries. The education and examination systems differ between the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. For more information about these differences, please refer to the note, the Education System in the UK.
DfE
Destinations of year 11 (15 and 16-year-olds) and year 13 (17 and 18-year-olds) pupils from schools in Wales by gender. Wales WG
Participation rates in higher education Participation rates for Welsh students in higher education within the UK. Wales Not Comparable
Figures produced for Wales and Northern Ireland are Official Statistics and are not comparable with the National Statistics produced for England and Scotland.
High Education Funding Council for Wales
The number of young entrants (aged under 21), resident in Northern Ireland, to full‐time undergraduate Higher Education (in the UK or Republic of Ireland) as a percentage of the 18 year‐old population of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Undergraduate students by region of study and region of domicile Full-time UK domiciled undergraduate students by level of study, region of domicile and region of HE institution. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Students in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 (Table N) Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by HESA using comparable sources and methods.
HESA 
Destinations of leavers from higher education Destination of leavers by level of qualification and region of HE Institution, from the Higher Education Longitudinal Survey. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland   Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by HESA using comparable sources and methods.
HESA

 

Education and Skills - Statistics from outside the Government Statistical Service (GSS)

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Higher education applications statistics End of cycle sector-level annual data sets from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on acceptances, entry rates, offer making, qualifications and differences by background and sex. Also includes recruitment by entry year, domicile and funding categories. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Partially Comparable
Please note that this measure was not included in compendium commentary because these data are not published by the GSS. UCAS notes that Scottish entry rates (based on UCAS acceptances) are ‘lower than comparable student record measures since not all higher education in Scotland uses UCAS’. For more information, please see page 24 of the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2013.
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Programme for International Student Assessment scores for reading, maths and science PISA results provides comparable data on 15-year-olds' performance on reading, mathematics and science across 65 countries from a survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland   Fully Comparable
PISA results are published separately as Official Statistics by the SG. Reports on PISA results from the Department for Education for England, the WG for Wales and the Department of Education Northern Ireland are not published as official statistics. This link refers to the full PISA results published by the OECD, which are not produced by the Government Statistical Service.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

Culture and Society

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Internet access The number and percentage of the adult population that use the Internet. United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Internet Access Quarterly Update - Q1 2014 Fully Comparable
Figures all produced by ONS using comparable sources and methods. 
ONS
Marriage rates Persons marrying per 1,000 population of all ages. England and Wales Fully Comparable
Figures are compiled by different statistical methods using comparable sources and methods.
ONS
Scotland NRS
Northern Ireland NISRA
Divorce rates Number of people divorcing per 1,000 married population. England and Wales Not Comparable   
Although statistics on the number of people divorcing are produced for all four nations, only the Office for National Statistics publish a divorce rate per 1,000 married people and this measure is only available for England and Wales. Therefore, although links have been provided to statistics on the number of divorces, the measure has been graded not comparable.
ONS
Scotland SG
Northern Ireland NISRA
Civil partnership rates People forming a civil partnership per 1,000 unmarried population aged 16 and over. United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland   Not Comparable 
The ONS produces statistics on the number of civil partnerships formed and dissolved in the UK by area. However, civil partnership formation rates per 1,000 unmarried population are only available for England and Wales, because no population estimates by marital status are produced for Scotland or Northern Ireland. Therefore, civil partnership rates are considered to be not comparable.
ONS

 

Culture and Society - Experimental and Official Statistics

Measure Description Link to release (where possible this will include latest data) Source Used in Compendium Commentary Comparability Data Published By
Electoral statistics Includes electorates, voter turnout, rejected ballot papers and postal voting figures for general and local elections. United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland UK General Election Data - Electoral Data Fully Comparable Electoral Commission
Personal well-being The proportions of people rating each aspect of their well-being at the highest and lowest levels. United Kingdom, Regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland These figures are experiemental statistics. They are produced using comparable sources and methods and are therefore comparable across the four nations. ONS
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