About this dataset

Monthly death figures provide counts of the number of deaths registered by area of usual residence for England and Wales.

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2016: August 2016 (provisional)

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2015: (final)

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Main points from latest release

The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in August 2016 was 40,764. This represents an increase of 1,806 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 4,565 deaths in comparison to the same month in 2015.

The increase in the provisional number of deaths registered in August in comparison to the same month in 2015 is likely to be the result of a higher number of days when register offices were open during the month.

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.

Notes

These figures are presented by regions (within England), unitary authorities, counties, districts and London boroughs.

Weekly deaths counts cannot be summed to match the counts for monthly deaths as some weeks may span more than one month.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please seeĀ ourĀ User Guide to Mortality Statistics.

There is 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.