Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
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Frequency of release: Weekly
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Region
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 29/03/2013 (week 13) was 9,280. This represents a decrease of 1,795 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 12).
The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 9,349.
The decrease in the deaths registered in the week ending 29/03/2013 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices over the Easter holiday period.
The high number of deaths registered in March in comparison to the previous five years is likely to be the result of the prolonged period of cold weather.
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.
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) .
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.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release. User Engagement in the Health and Life Events Division outlines the divisional approach to user engagement.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.