Latest - 30 January 2020:

Population and social statistics transformation: 2019 progress update

This report sets out our progress towards our aims to transform our statistical system to provide the best insights on population, migration and society using a range of new and existing data sources to meet the needs of our users.

In 2021, we will continue to meet these needs largely through the census, while also increasing our use of other sources of data. As set out in our previous work on the Administrative Data Census project, the census provides granular data at low levels of geography every 10 years. However, our census-based system delivers less detail throughout the interim years.

Therefore, we are working to put administrative data at the heart of our population, migration and social statistics systems. Enabled by data-sharing powers in the Digital Economy Act 2017 and guided by our data security principles, we are using the opportunity to make use of more data to give us a much richer understanding of how our population is changing.

Our last report, in June 2018, assessed our progress using criteria designed to measure our ability to move towards an Administrative Data Census. As the opportunities from integrating data have grown and the scope of our transformation journey has broadened, these criteria are no longer able to reflect the progress we are making across our work. Therefore, this year we have reported our progress while we continue to review how we will regularly update our users on our progress ahead of the National Statistician's recommendation on the future of the census in 2023.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please email SDR.Stakeholder.Engagement@ons.gov.uk.

You can find out more about our progress in our Latest update on our population and migration statistics transformation journey and Research on administrative data-based statistics.