This chapter covers:

▀ introduction;

▀ history of official statistics;

▀ overview of official statistics;

▀ national statistics on the web;

▀ other sources of official statistics;

▀ census and neighbourhood statistics;

▀ using official statistics;

▀ issues affecting official statistics;

▀ case study on housing statistics.


British official statistics cover every aspect of life, and statistics produced by the British government and other official bodies in this country are of fundamental importance for monitoring economic and social developments and the changes taking place in society. It would be impossible in a short chapter to offer detailed guidance on the vast array of statistics available so the aim here, as ...

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