1. Latest releases

Updated April 2019

  • Exploring the UK’s digital divide – this article explores the scale of digital exclusion in the UK and its impact, the characteristics and circumstances of those who are not currently using the internet, how internet use and digital skills vary for different groups of the population and barriers to digital inclusion.

  • A summary of the findings from a scoping study commissioned jointly with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and carried out by Heriot-Watt University in association with Kantar Public – the study investigates existing and alternative ways in which people not living in private households can be counted in measures of living standards and personal well-being.

  • Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness – analysis of children's and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and the Good Childhood Index Survey 2018.

  • Our report on the initial findings from the Equalities data audit – this looks at the availability of data across the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010, including its quality and where improvements are needed.

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2. Equalities data development

Our aim is to work with others to make better use of existing data sources and to develop new ones where necessary, taking advantage of the opportunities arising from the Digital Economy Act 2017 to ensure that the right data are available to address the main social and policy questions about fairness and equity in UK society. The Centre is currently taking stock of existing data on the full range of protected characteristic groups in the Equality Act 2010 and working collaboratively with others to make resources for equalities analysis more accessible to a wide range of researchers.

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3. Equalities and inclusion analysis

Our analytical work spans a wide range of cross-cutting topic areas including:

  • gender and ethnic pay gaps
  • inter-generational fairness
  • social and financial exclusion
  • social mobility
  • inclusive growth
  • health and place-based inequalities

We aim to build on the measurement framework developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, exploring how protected characteristic groups are affected by current social and policy issues, as well as how multiple characteristics come together to shape people’s experiences. Our aim is to develop multi-disciplinary project teams to take this forward. If you have an idea for collaboration or would like to receive regular updates from us, please get in touch.

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4. Best practice methods

An important initiative of the Centre is to identify and share best practice methods in equalities data collection and analysis. As part of this, we are working closely with the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Harmonisation Team to consider how more consistent methods of measurement can be developed, applied and disseminated.

We are also considering how best to include those who may be under-represented in our statistics, such as those not living in private households (“non-household” populations). We have been working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation to investigate existing and alternative ways in which “non-household” populations can be counted in measures of living standards, including poverty and destitution, and personal well-being. This is to complement existing statistics, which rely overwhelmingly on household surveys. We have published a summary of the findings from initial scoping work, carried out by Heriot-Watt University in association with Kantar Public. The full report is available on the Heriot-Watt University website.

The Centre is a member of the Subgroup on Equality Data Collection associated with the European Union (EU) High Level Group on Non-discrimination. The group was set up in February 2018 with an initial task to develop new EU guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data, published in March 2019. The group also co-produced a Compendium of Practices on Equality Data, which included several projects from the UK. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has a web section for the Subgroup on Equality Data where activities related to the subgroup can be found.

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5. Contact us

You can follow us on Twitter: @DawnSnape

To contact the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Centre for Equalities and Inclusion team, please email equalities@ons.gov.uk.

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