A series of articles have been published over the last few months describing the improvements being made to national accounts. This article summarises the effects of methodological, classification and other changes implemented in the Quarterly national accounts for the period 1997 to the first quarter of 2016. This dataset is consistent with the UK national accounts (The Blue Book): 2016, to be published on 29 July 2016.



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:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.