The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have embarked on a consultation process in order to decide which non-statutory statistical outputs should be saved in its spending review.
The ONS is having to make an annual cut of £9 million to its budget over the next two years as part of the wider public sector cutbacks. 80% of the statistical outputs that the ONS produces is required by either UK or EU law. The consultation is seeking views on the value of the remaining statistical collections.
These include 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
Users of these statistics are encouraged to fill out an online questionnaire to express which of these are of the most importance. The questionnaire will be available until 31 October 2013, with a report of the findings due in early 2014.