Provides files to download data as it existed for this dataset on previous dates.
Statistics are most often revised for 1 of 2 reasons:
- For certain statistics initial estimates are released with the expectation that these may be revised and updated as further data becomes available.
- Revisions may also be made when methods or systems are changed.
These types of planned revisions should not be confused with errors in released statistics, which are genuine mistakes. Such mistakes occur rarely and, when they do happen, corrections are made in a timely manner, announced and clearly explained to users in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (Principle 2, Practice 7).
|Superseded files||Reason for update||Date superseded|
|xls (169.5 kB)||Scheduled update/revision||26 July 2016 09:30|
|xls (169.5 kB)||Scheduled update/revision||26 January 2016 09:30|
|xls (167.9 kB)||Scheduled update/revision||24 October 2015 09:30|
Important notes and usage information
Main points from latest release
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in May 2018 was 42,790; this represents a decrease of 3,673 deaths in comparison with the previous month and a decrease of 1,463 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2017.
The decrease in the provisional number of deaths in May 2018 compared with April 2018 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices over the May public holidays.
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.
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 see our User Guide to Mortality Statistics.
There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level.