Leeds University Library

UK statistics

The Guide to Official Statistics (2000 edition) has an index of topics which refers to all the statistical series, and includes information about definitions, years covered, and comparability of the data. Use Search@Library to find which department is/was responsible for publishing the series, and where the report is located in our official publications section.

UK Data Archive: the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. To access the data you must register online. The data must only be used for non-commercial research or teaching.

Leeds Observatory: data and information about communities and geographies in Leeds. Includes information on population, crime, deprivation, the economy, education, health and the environment.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) publications

There are many Office for National Statistics (ONS) publications available in the official publications section of the Brotherton Library. Prior to 1996 the ONS was known as the Central Statistical Office, and also the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. This older material is kept in "Stack Official Publications" in the Brotherton Library (West building floor 3).

Among the most useful sources for UK statistics are:

Annual Abstract of Statistics: statistics on economy, industry, society and demography presented in easy to read tables and backed up with explanatory notes and definitions.

Economic and Labour Market Review: a monthly compendium of statistics and articles on the UK economy and labour market, including statistics on earnings, employment, RPI, labour disputes, redundancies etc.

Regional Trends: a comprehensive source of statistics about the Statistical Regions within England. Includes demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics covering most aspects of life.

Social Trends: social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations.

Statistical surveys

In addition to regular statistical series, a number of surveys produce reports on particular themes. These include:

Family Spending: a household survey providing data collected on a number of demographic and socio-economic variables from a sample of households in the UK.

Family Resources Survey: a wide range of information including basic household and individual characteristics (ethnic origin, employment status), household income, housing costs, other costs, ownership of vehicles/consumer durables, and information on carers and disabilities.

General Household Survey: annual survey covering income, housing, economic activity, family composition, fertility, education, leisure activities, drinking, smoking, and health.

Question Bank: copies of questionnaires used in a number of major British social surveys, giving background information and definitions.