Chief Statistician’s update: explaining COVID-19 mortality data sources for Wales

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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.

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Chief Statistician’s update: the 2018 based subnational population and household projections

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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.

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Open Data – Did we work it all out?

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You may recall we previously told you about our plans for an Open Data Workshop. Well, last month we brought together over 50 people working for the public sector, private organisations and the third sector (such as charities). It was great to see such a range of people and organisations with an interest in open data. We were also pleased that those who attended found it useful, and we would like to thank them all for making it an entertaining, enjoyable and thought provoking event. Continue reading

Equality Data + Working Together = Open Data

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Image of a data logoMaking data easily accessible is something all Welsh public bodies should be doing, whether it’s Welsh Government, your local authority or your local health board. It’s probably fair to say that in reality there’s room for improvement. The good news though is that we’re working together to find ways to do things better. Continue reading

Chief Statistician’s update: coming soon, new data for understanding areas of deprivation in Wales

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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.

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Chief Statistician’s update: postponing the 2017-based subnational population and household projections

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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).

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Chief Statistician’s update: can our social services statistics give better insights?

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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.

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