How the relationship between UK public sector monthly income and expenditure leads to changes in deficit and debt.

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  • Public sector finances QMI

    Quality and Methodology Information for the UK public sector finances and government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty, detailing the strengths and limitations of the data, methods used, and data uses and users.

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.