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ONS Consultation on Statistical Products 2013

Opening date: 02 September 2013
Closing date: 31 October 2013
Department: Office for National Statistics
Category: General

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is seeking your views to inform necessary reductions to its statistical outputs. In common with much of the public sector, we are facing significant funding pressures. Over the next two years we need to make annual savings of around £9 million. Most of these savings will come from streamlining business operations, but some cuts to statistical outputs will also be necessary.

As around 80 per cent of our outputs are required under EU or UK law, this consultation focuses on non-statutory outputs – those not required by law. While we will have to reduce some outputs, we are not proposing to cut all of those listed. The aim of the consultation is to obtain feedback on the need for, and use of, these outputs so we can determine which cuts would have the least impact on our users. Your views will help to inform these important decisions.
This consultation covers outputs in the following areas:

Outputs from the following surveys:

• General Lifestyle Survey
• Integrated Household Survey
• Labour Disputes Survey
• Internet Access Quarterly update
• Annual UK Business: Activity, Size and Location

Regional and local outputs:

• Bi-annual local enterprise partnership profiles
• Bi-annual local profiles
• Small area income and poverty measures

Health statistics and analyses, life events

Health inequalities analysis

The consultation questionnaire lists each option for saving and will ask you about the impact these possible reductions could have on you and your work. A pdf version of the questionnaire is provided for information and discussion purposes. Please note that your response should be submitted via the online questionnaire.  

Contact details:
Nick O'Donnell
1.101 Government Buildings
Office for National Statistics
Cardiff Road
Newport NP10 8XG


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