Following an assessment of ONS crime statistics by the UK Statistics Authority, the statistics based on police recorded crime data have been 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. Data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales continue to be badged as National Statistics.
In their assessment report the UK Statistics Authority set out 16 requirements to be addressed in order for the statistics to meet National Statistics standards. ONS are working in collaboration with the Home Office Statistics Unit and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to address these requirements. A summary of progress so far is available on the Crime statistics methodology page. On completion of the Action Plan, ONS will produce a report drawing together a summary of the work done. This report will be presented to the UK Statistics Authority for them to consider when re-assessing the designation of police recorded crime.
ONS will continue to publish and provide commentary on police recorded crime data pending further consultation with users about their needs for such data. Such consultation will be informed by the findings from the ongoing inspection of data integrity being carried out by HMIC. Further information on the interpretation of recorded crime data is provided in the User Guide to Crime Statistics in England and Wales.