Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110
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 11/07/2014 (week 28) was 8,784. This represents an increase of 21 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 27).
The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 8,513.
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.
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 (2.46 Mb Pdf) and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (222.3 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 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 2001 onwards have been calculated using the 2013 European Standard Population (ESP) and revised population estimates for 2002-2010 which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated in December 2014 / January 2015 with rates for the latest data year.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.
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.