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Release: Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence, England and Wales, December 2012 (Provisional)

Released: 22 January 2013 Next edition: 26 February 2013


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in December 2012 was 42,550. This represents an increase of 418 deaths in comparison with the previous month and a decrease of 1,012 deaths in comparison to the same month in 2011.

  • Moveable public holidays and the number of weekends, when register offices are closed, affect the number of registrations made in the published months and in the corresponding months in previous years.

  • Any annual figures for 2012 calculated from monthly deaths figures should be considered as provisional. A fully quality assured final annual dataset is not yet available.

In this release

Monthly death figures provide counts of the number of deaths registered by area of usual residence for England and Wales. Commentary on trends in annual mortality statistics can be found in Death registrations summary tables.

Before September 2012, tables were published monthly as Monthly provisional figures on deaths registered by area of usual residence, England and Wales. The data years available include June 2011 - August 2012.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf)  and Summary Quality Report for Mortality Statistics in England and Wales (382.3 Kb Pdf)

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual mortality data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries. Weekly provisional deaths registered in England and Wales provide provisional weekly data on deaths registered in England and Wales.

There is also an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level.

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

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