Chief Statistician’s update: Measuring Well-being of Wales and future reporting plans

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CaptureOn 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.

 

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Chief Statistician’s update: Future plans for Housing Need and Demand estimates

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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.

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Chief Statistician’s update: Migration and housing – how the GSS is working together for better statistics

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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.

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Chief Statistician’s update: Understanding changes to education data

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We have today published the final 2017 Key Stage 4 results for secondary school pupils in Wales. At this time of year there is much interest in putting the national performance into context, whether that is by comparing Wales to another country or looking at trends over time. There have been a number of changes in recent years to the way performance measures are calculated and in this blog I will describe the impact that these changes have had on our ability to compare. Continue reading

Chief Statistician’s update: Measuring the Well-being of Wales and 2021 Census update

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Measuring the Well-being of Wales

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On September 25th I published the first ever annual Well-being of Wales report. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 required us to report annually on our progress towards the national well-being goals, with reference to the national indicators.

It gave an insight into the state of the nation’s well-being and recent trends. Key messages can be found in this Slideshare and the full report.

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Chief Statistician’s update: Filling the gap in our knowledge of housing conditions in Wales

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Before Christmas the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children and the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs announced funding of a three year programme of work to fill the gap in our knowledge about housing conditions in Wales.  Given that the last comprehensive collection of data on housing conditions in Wales was the Living in Wales Property Survey 2008 this is an important step in filling one of the key evidence gaps that users often raise with me.

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