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Comparing Official Statistics Across the UK


This guidance for producers of official statistics explains how to use a standard and straightforward way of assessing comparability of their statistics with other parts of the UK. It also allows users to better understand what is comparable so that they can quickly get to the numbers they want.

The guidance only deals with steps producers can take to improve comparability. It does not cover ways of maximising comparability as new statistics are developed.

This policy document is scheduled for revision in 2018 following the release of the new version of the Code of Practice for Statistics. While it has not yet been superseded, it was written in the context of version 1.0 of the Code. In situations where the new Code and this guidance diverge, the new Code of Practice is definitive and takes precedence.

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Version number:1.1
Effective date:11 March 2016
Primary contact:

Author:GSS Task and Finish Group on Comparability
Commissioner:National Statistician



Effective date
11 March 2016
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