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The information on this page explains what you can find within the different sections of the Publication Hub.

Publication Hub

The Publication Hub remains the first port of call for all those seeking the latest statistics from government departments in the UK. It is the central website for hosting all first releases of National Statistics.

The term 'National Statistics' is an accreditation kitemark which stands for a range of qualities such as relevance, integrity, quality, accessibility, value for money and freedom from political influence. Data classed as National Statistics provide an up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful description of the UK's economy and society.

The Publication Hub delivers updates and provides statistical news releases for all new National Statistics. You can access these when they are available directly from this website or by subscribing to the RSS news feed.

The Publication Hub also provides links to statistical products and publications that are not classed as National Statistics. It is the only website where you can access past and present statistical releases. In addition, you can find information about when future statistical releases are going to be available.

All statistical releases will continue to be held on departmental websites, along with underlying sources and datasets. As the producers of these statistics, the departments are responsible for their content and accuracy. Further contact details are provided with each statistical release.

The UK Statistics Authority provides guidance on the content and dissemination of releases as part of the Code of Practice, supplemented by additional guidance from the National Statistician. For now, the content of releases will remain the responsibility of departments.

Heads of Profession in each department are responsible for the professional quality of outputs released through the Publication Hub and approve the publication of outputs prior to their release.

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Home

The home page provides you with links to all areas of the website.

The National Statistic releases for the current day are displayed with direct links to the data.

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Accessibility

This section helps you to get the most out of the website. Information is provided on the following:

  • Accessibility statement 
  • Accessibility features
  • Link to 'My Web My Way' website
  • How to use access keys

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Release Calendar

The release calendar helps you to search for past, present and future publications from different government departments.

Searches are carried out by:

  • keyword
  • date or range of dates
  • theme, for example Travel and Transport, Government or People and Places, and
  • department, for example Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Ministry of Defence (MoD)

The National Statistics logo will appear next to any publication that is graded a National Statistic. The National Statistics logo is your assurance of statistics produced to the highest professional standards.

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Statistics Producers

This section contains links to all government departments who are responsible for producing statistics.  It also provides links to other departments and international organisations that collect and/or publish statistics.

Select a department of your choice to see the work they are responsible for and to view their publications.

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Browse by theme

All of the theme and topic links are found in this section. You can choose to view the catalogue pages by theme or in alphabetical order which provides an A-Z listing. Theme links are shown in bold.

Browse by theme

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Theme and Topic pages

A new taxonomy has been introduced to help you browse and find data more easily. The taxonomy is a classification system or catalogue.

The catalogue contains 11 themes and 155 topics in total. The theme pages contain links to all of their individual topics and also show the key publications for each theme.

Each topic page has four tabs which contain different information:

  1. Overview - a brief description of the topic. It is often followed by up to three graphs which show key statistics relating to the topic. Contact details for further statistical enquiries are also provided
  2. Publications – contains any past, present and future releases by government departments which directly relate to each topic
  3. Technical data - an in-depth look into the statistics related to the topic: how they are made, who collects and publishes them, and what they are and mean
  4. Glossary - describes any difficult words or technical terms within the topic

If applicable, links to related topics, UK statistics, other reports and other websites and related statistics are also shown on the topic pages.

Links within the UK statistics section are supplied by the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Cross-cutting topics

Cross-cutting topics are subjects that do not fit within just one theme as the information is relevant across many themes. Their information is presented in the same way as other topics with an overview, publications, technical data and glossary page. 

If applicable, links to related topics, UK statistics, other reports and other websites and related statistics are shown on the cross-cutting topic pages.

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Find Statistics in your Local Area and Region

Many official statistics relating to local areas are published separately by the four countries of the UK, which covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Other publications provide geographic data across the whole of the UK.

In this section there is a map of the British Isles showing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with corresponding links to your country of choice. You can also find summary facts and figures for your region of interest by selecting 'Statistics for Regions in England'.

If you access 'Statistics for Regions in England', this will take you to a map of Great Britain showing the regions in England. There are nine regions in England in total, including the North East, London and Yorkshire and the Humber. The links in this section will take you to information about these regions, including local authority areas.

Links are also provided to the websites holding National Statistics at a more local or neighbourhood level.

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Government Statistical Service

An overview of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) can be found in this section. Find out more about the 6,700 members of the GSS who manage a wide range of censuses, surveys and data sources to produce 1,400 publications.

There is also a link to information about a career in the GSS.

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Sitemap

The sitemap separates the different sections of the website into three distinct areas:

  1. Statistical catalogue – contains the theme and topic pages
  2. Statistical information – contains the release calendar, statistics producers, sources and surveys and find your local and regional statistics, and
  3. Site information – includes help, accessibility, copyright and our privacy policy

You can access all sections of the website using the links on this page.

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Copyright

Full copyright rules for this site are shown in this section. Please note: the material featured on this site is subject to Crown Copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.

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Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions for using this site are shown in this section. Please note: the terms and conditions on this website may be changed at any time without notice.

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Help

Any queries can be answered here. There are contact details including telephone number, minicom (for the deaf or hard of hearing), fax number, email address and postal address. Written correspondence in Welsh (email, letter or fax) is welcomed.

There is also a separate email address and telephone number for media enquiries.

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RSS News Feeds

The RSS news feed list gives you access to all the RSS news feeds featured on the Publications Hub.

The RSS on the home page is for all the releases for that particular day, and once you subscribe using your preferred RSS news reader, you will be able to see updates as soon as they are available.

You will receive a release title, date of release, theme, department, coverage and a summary. Click the title of the release in the RSS feed to go to straight to the publication.

If you need any assistance with RSS feeds, visit our help page

The RSS icon is available on the home page or the release calendar.

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