In the last week alone, government statisticians have released nearly 100 new statistics on important areas such as the prison population, the agricultural industry, crime, overseas travel and tourism, bovine tuberculosis, UK economic forecasts, the labour market, Universal Credit, consumer prices, regional rainfall and water stocks, hate crime and jobs paid less than the living wage.
Each one of these releases has given new insights into issues of public interest. Each is there to help improve government decision-making and inform public debate.
Today is World Statistics Day which provides a great opportunity to celebrate the work of civil servants in all departments whose working lives are dedicated to making this vital contribution to our national life.
Do join the celebrations. There is a social media quiz using the #StatsDay15 hashtag. There is a week-long programme of activities at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, culminating in an open afternoon for teams to showcase their work with a ‘Statistics Bake-Off’. There are 'statistical activities' in the foyer of the Welsh Government offices, plus cake. And much more.
Do also visit visual.ons for the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. Whether or not you sampled some statistical baking or enjoyed a statistical quiz, do invite your departmental statisticians to your next team meeting. They will help you make better decisions.