In October we announced that we were going to postpone the 2017-based subnational population and household projections. Our previous blog described the reasons why we made that decision, and a short note describing the challenges that we had with the work was also published.
On 27 November, we’ll publish the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2019. This will be a fresh set of ranks of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales.
There’s been a gap of five years since WIMD 2014. That’s five years in which there have been many exciting data developments and advances in techniques that can help us with the complex calculations needed.
Our local authority population projections are one of the most widely used sets of information that we produce. The projections look at what has been happening to the population in recent years and project it forward into the future. They are used to help a range of organisations plan for the future (for example to plan houses, schools, nurseries and social services), and are used to help distribute money too. They do not take account of any future political or economic developments (for example Brexit).
Many people in Wales come into contact with social care each year and it accounts for around a quarter of spending by local authorities in Wales. In 2017-18 over 75,000 adults were provided with services through a care and support plan and nearly 50,000 children were assessed for need for care and support.
Welsh Government’s ‘Economic action plan‘ seeks to pursue prosperity for all by supporting an economy that increases both our wealth and our well-being.To provide effective assistance for the Welsh economy it is important to understand current business activity in Wales… how many people do businesses employ? How large is their turnover? What do they buy and sell? Who do they trade with? Do they trade with other countries?
Today we published the latest results on the Welsh language from the Annual Population Survey (APS) on our StatsWales website. We’ve been publishing these data for some time but in the past year there has been increasing user interest in the data owing to the gradual increase in Welsh speakers suggested by the data, and in light of the Welsh Government’s Welsh language strategy, Cymraeg 2050, which includes the aim of achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
For many of you who want statistics or research GOV.WALES is where you go to get that information. In fact more than 30,000 of you come to our pages each year to find the data and information you want, making it one of the most used areas of the Welsh Government site.
On 20 September I published the second Well-being of Wales 2017-18 report. I believe the report provides a valuable snapshot of life in Wales, giving a wide ranging picture of well-being outcomes from life expectancy, the economy, poverty, biodiversity to the arts. This is information which should be invaluable for people in involved in public service and beyond to help them understand our nation and to make better decisions.
Estimates of additional housing need and demand are key to future planning at a national and regional level. Whilst statisticians produce regular updates to population and household projections, applying this to the need for additional housing is a complex matter and can have important implications for communities and future generations.
As Welsh Government statisticians our primary job is to ensure that we are producing statistics that help us understand the people, society and economy of Wales. However we also work with the Government Statistical Service across the UK to ensure we are collaborating and sharing ideas on how best to respond to the big policy questions. By working collaboratively we can share data and analysis that provides greater insight for users on particular topics. With that in mind I wanted to share two updates from the Government Statistical Service in the last week that highlight how we are looking to work together.