In my update of 23 March 2020, I outlined how we intended to review our forthcoming data collections, research activity and outputs in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been undertaken to prioritise the response to the current situation – both in terms of our own resources within Welsh Government, but importantly also those of our data providers who are delivering key front-line services across the health, social care and public service sectors. This note provides an update on our plans.
In this blog I wanted to help provide an understanding of the different sources of data on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in Wales. There has been much public scrutiny of these figures over the last week, and we have today published, for the first time, the overall number of deaths in care homes in Wales occurring over the period of the outbreak.
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.