Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110
Frequency of release: Monthly
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in May 2012 was 44,011. This represents an increase of 2,326 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 3,907 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.
The increase in the provisional number of deaths registered in May 2012 may be the result of a higher number of days when register offices were open during the month in comparison to April 2012 and May 2011.
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. Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide final monthly data for England and Wales. 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.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release. The User Engagement in the Health and Life Events Division outlines the divisional approach to user engagement.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.