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United Kingdom

Statistics from the UK central government departments

Access to performance tables, statistics on class sizes and much more

Focuses on the main international measure of official aid spend, known as Official Development Assistance (ODA). 

Department of Health & Social Care

Statistics on relative deprivation in small areas in England

Statistics on crime, probation, policing, immigration and the courts in the UK

Organisation which conducts surveys in the UK and internationally on political issues and news

Gathers market research information on the readership of 300 UK publications

Service provides by the ONS giving free access to the latest and most detailed statistics on the UK labour market by official sources

Official UK statistics site for health, education, social issues, economic, commerce and labour and all government policy areas.  Includes the 2011 Census

Department for communities and local government which collects and publishes official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use.


​​​​​​​CESSDA promotes cooperation and easier access to the data archives of countries around the world, particularly in Europe. The CESSDA Catalogue provides a seamless interface to datasets from social science data archives across Europe. The data may be located in several ways: free text search; browse by topic; browse by keyword; browse by data publisher.

Statistical office of the European Communities.  Eurostat gathers data from the official statistical agencies in member countries.


Providing access to macro datasets such as OECD Social Expenditure dataset,

OECD education statistics, World Bank world development indicators, as well

as to micro data i.e. survey data from other countries.

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The leading source of labour statistics

Key starting points

Global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture and communication

Statistics on children of the world. UNICEF's key annual publication, State of the World's Children is available online

Human development reports published annually contain figures on global poverty, education and literacy, GDP, health, equality and the environment

A world of health data

Access detailed figures on all countries of the world

Free and open access to global development data

A scientific online publication that focuses on large global problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality