The Office for National Statistics (ONS) delivers statistics and analysis that are most relevant to our users and have the greatest impact for the public good. We are proud of our reputation for delivering trusted, independent and high-quality statistics. To enable us to continue to meet changing user needs in a sustainable way, we regularly review both our schedule of statistics and analysis, and our change programmes. Our most recent review was conducted in early 2024 to inform our Strategic Business Plan for 2024 to 2025.

In terms of our regular schedule of outputs, our priorities will be delivering our core statistical outputs on prices, gross domestic product (GDP), employment, health, population and migration. We will also continue to produce critical statistics where the ONS is uniquely placed to deliver on topics such as crime, public sector finance and retail sales along with subnational analysis.

These priorities have been determined based on an assessment of our statutory requirements, the relevance and impact of our work to users and the public, and focusing on the statistics where we are uniquely placed to deliver for the public good.

We will also continue to invest in modernising our processes, systems and surveys that underpin the production of quality statistics.

Alongside this we continue our transformation agenda to make greater use of existing and new data sources that are more frequent and granular to show how the UK is changing and evolving. Priorities in the next year include making a recommendation on the future of population and migration statistics, and our transformation of economic statistics, in particular on the labour market. We will extend the use and functionality available from the Integrated Data Service and continue to enhance our linked data capabilities to aid faster, evidence-based decisions across government.

In line with other organisations, the ONS continues to operate in a constrained financial environment and we need to manage our resources accordingly. We will continue to be innovative in how we deliver, including making effective use of technological advances to drive internal efficiencies. However, some trade-offs are required that will impact the format, frequency or level of accompanying detail of a small number of our statistical outputs so that we can continue to deliver to a high quality. We will also be reviewing some of our planned investments.

We will continue to engage our users at a strategic and operational level on our programme of outputs and activities, to identify priorities and needs.