The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is seeking the views of users of statistics to inform necessary reductions to their statistical outputs in the following areas: 1) survey products; 2) regional and local outputs; 3) health statistics and analyses, life events; and 4) health inequalities analysis.
The outputs listed in the consultation represent costs in excess of the savings that need to be made, so feedback from users on the need for, and use of, these outputs will help ONS to prioritise reductions. Further information and a link to the consultation questionnaire are on the ONS website, http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/about-ons/get-involved/consultations/consultations/statistical-products-2013/index.html
The Health Statistics User Group (HSUG) is preparing a response to this consultation, which will close on 31 October 2013. However, all HSUG members and other health statistics users are encouraged to submit individual responses to the consultation questionnaire. The preparation of the HSUG response is still ongoing, but a draft of the work so far is attached to provide some background to assist HSUG members and other health statistics users in making their responses.
If there are amendments that you think should be made to the HSUG draft response, or particular comments that should be included in the response, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th October 2013.
Attachments provided include
1. An introduction to the consultation and the HSUG response
2. A summary of the consultation questionnaire.
2. A spreadsheet setting out HSUG's current response. This is work in progress and you are invited to comment by 25th October