Statistics User Forum

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The Royal Statistical Society’s Statistics User Forum (SUF) aims to be the strategic voice of users of official statistics. The Forum acts as an umbrella organisation for user groups, each of which covers a particular area across the spectrum of official statistics. Through the Forum we enable open and constructive dialogue between users and producers of official statistics and encourage communication across the user community.

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  • You should all be aware that the next Statistics User Forum meeting is on Thursday 2 November at 14.00 (with the traditional light lunch at 13.00). It's taking place in the ONS office at 1 Drummond Gate , which is just yards from Pimlico underground ...

  • Hello every body, I would be grateful if you can help me to interpret the results from SPSS which are in the attached file. It would be very kind of you to response as soon as possible. Thank you very much The charts and results are in the attached ...

  • Possibly a forecast of the number of EU nations could be there .....? ------------------------------ Richard Potter Analyticscambridge Ltd ------------------------------

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    Statistic of the Year

    Posted on behalf of Mags Wiley, RSS Press and Policy Officer: The RSS has just launched a new initiative - led by our President David Spiegelhalter - called 'Statistic of the Year'. We are inviting nominations for a statistic that you think captures ...

  • The Office for Statistics Regulation would like to invite expressions of interest to attend the  Health and Social Care Statistics event on Tuesday 28 November in London from 9:45 am – 4:30 pm. Further details are in the attachmen


  • Proposed Changes to ONS Birth Statistics

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is running a consultation on changes that we are planning to make to the way that birth statistics are published from the 2017 data year onwards.

    We plan to make four explorable datasets available for live births; the specification for these and consequential proposed changes to our annual publication tables are detailed in the consultation.

    We would appreciate and welcome your feedback on these proposals and will take account of all feedback received before making any changes.

    For more information please email

  • Changes to Divorces in England and Wales 2015 being released 21 June 2017 by ONS

    Under the Children and Families Act 2014, divorcing couples are no longer required to provide information on children as part of the divorce process. From the data received by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) it is not possible to determine whether a couple were childless or whether they chose not to provide information on children.

    Analyses show that the average number of children per couple has declined notably since 2013, a likely consequence of many couples choosing not to provide children information. Consequently children information will no longer be included within our divorces release; figures based on incomplete data would be misleading.

    If you require any further information please contact Vital Statistics Outputs Branch at ONS ( or telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110).