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Release: Weekly Provisional Figures on Deaths Registered in England and Wales, Week Ending 16/05/2014

Released: 28 May 2014 Next edition: 03 June 2014

Contact

Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations

Frequency of release: Weekly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 16/05/2014 (week 20) was 9,513. This represents an increase of 900 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 19).

  • The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 9,395.

  • The increase in the deaths registered in the week ending 16/05/2014 is likely to be due to deaths being registered following the closure of register offices over the bank holiday in the previous week.

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

  • There are the same values in consecutive weeks for some age groups. However these counts are made up of unique death registrations.

In this release

Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the latest eight weeks for which data are available. Commentary on trends in annual mortality statistics can be found in Death registrations summary tables.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (382.3 Kb Pdf) .

In January 2014, ONS changed the software used to code cause of death. Further information about the implementation of the software can be found on the ONS website.

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 provisional monthly mortality data for England and Wales.

There is also an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level. Mortality rates for 2002-2010 in this tool need to be recalculated using revised population estimates which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated in spring 2014. Rates for the latest data years will be added and all rates will be calculated using the 2013 European Standard Population (ESP).

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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