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1 UK Statistics Authority Kate Harley Head of Programme

2 UK Statistics Authority An independent body from 1 st April 2008: Monitoring publication and quality of Official Statistics Reporting to Parliament Definitions, methodology & classifications Assist in data sharing Maintain a Code of Practice (consulting with Ministers) Assess and designate National Statistics (when requested by Ministers)

3 What are Official Statistics? Statistics produced by UKSA, a government department, devolved administration, or other statistics as specified by a Minister of the Crown or devolved administration. Statistics & Registration Service Act 2007

4 What are Official Statistics? “… consist mainly of regular and planned statistics and analysis produced by statistics units in the Scottish Government, GROS and ISD.” Framework for Scottish Official Statistics ( )

5 Official Statistics National Statistics are a subset of Official Statistics which comply with the Code of Practice IncludesExcludes National statistics releases New and emerging statistics Compendia of published National Statistics Further breakdown of published National Statistics Information Requests Parliamentary Questions Freedom Of Information Act Management information / analysis Policy development & monitoring Research

6 Heads of Profession ISD – Susan Burney GROS – Duncan McNiven SG & Chief Statistician – Rob Wishart Responsible for: The format, content and timing of statistical releases. Promoting the professional independence of their organisation's statistical work, the quality of its outputs and the integrity and validity of its statistics and commentary.

7 Code of Practice for Official Statistics 8 Principles: 1.Meeting user needs 2.Impartiality & objectivity 3.Integrity 4.Sound methods & assured quality 5.Confidentiality 6.Proportionate burden 7.Resources 8.Frankness & accessibility

8 Code of Practice for Official Statistics 3 Protocols: 1.User engagement 2.Release practices 3.Use of administrative sources for statistical purposes

9 UK Stats Authority Assessment January 2010 Cancer Mortality Cancer Incidence Cancer Survival Cancer Place of Death Workforce March 2010 A&E Diagnostics New Ways

10 Knife Crime Statistics December 2008 The Home Office released figures claiming that there had been a drop in knife crime Sir Michael Scholar complained that –the figures had been released prematurely and –were incomplete. – he said that officials had asked the government not to release "unchecked" and "selective" figures and that doing so eroded public trust. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith apologised for the incident, telling MPs the government had been "too quick off the mark" in releasing the figures

11 Knife crime statistics December 2008 Analysis against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics Unclear description Selective or otherwise inappropriate comparisons Lack of contextual information Inappropriate conclusions being drawn Unsubstantiated claims.

12 BBC's Home Affairs Editor says that the UKSA concluded that far from playing fast and loose with the regulations, the Home Office and Number Ten “drove a coach and horses through them". "were being mangled and manipulated to make the case that the government's knife crime campaign was having a rapid impact".

13 Violent Crime Figures UKSA Press release recent political and media debate about trends in violent crime has misrepresented the data and is, therefore, damaging trust in official statistics. in particular at comparisons between recorded violent offences in the late 1990s and 2008/09 comparison, without qualification, of police recorded statistics between the late 1990s and 2008/09 as likely to mislead the public.

14 Watchdog: Grayling 'likely to damage' trust in statistics Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling has just been sent a sharp letter from Parliament’s statistics watchdog telling him that his use of figures in violent crime is "likely to damage public trust in official statistics".

15 BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | ‘Hidden’ waiting lists to be axed Boards on target to abolish hidden waiting lists Cancer patients: Scanlon slams SNP’s ‘hidden waiting lists’ – News… Secret wait for cancer patients – News Waiting list fiddlers ‘will be sacked’ | Mail Online

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