The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has begun a consultation on how best to prioritise its statistical outputs in response to significant funding pressures. The consultation will help ONS understand public views on the potential impact of reduced outputs.
ONS needs to save around £9m this year and next, the majority of which will be achieved through efficiency savings. Up to £1m will need to come from reducing the number of statistical outputs.
Around 80% of ONS statistical outputs are required by law. The consultation includes a limited number of non-statutory outputs in the areas listed below, only some of which would have to be reduced in order to make the required savings. In many cases alternative statistics on these subjects will continue to be available, although these may be published less frequently or in less detail.
• Regional and local economic outputs
• Internet Access
• Life events (births, deaths, life expectancy)
• Health inequalities analysis
The consultation also asks whether the annual Labour Disputes Survey and Annual UK Business: Activity, Size and Location publication should end. It also proposes some changes to the General Lifestyle Survey and Integrated Household Survey.
Visit the consultation page for more information and to take part.
Responses must be provided by 31 October 2013.