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15 Sep
UK average house prices grew 8.0% in the year to July 2021, down from 13.1% in June.

The slowdown was due to changes in the stamp duty holiday conditions ow.ly/WDWr50Gadlb Chart title: July 2021 saw UK house price growth slow to 8.0
The average UK house price was £256,000 in July, up £19,000 on a year ago but down £9,000 on last month ow.ly/3XPO50Gadnb Chart title: Average UK house prices fell to £256,000 in Ju
Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose 1.3% in the 12 months to August, unchanged since July.

The East Midlands (+2.7%) was the nation or region with the highest annual growth while London saw the biggest fall (-0.4%) ow.ly/vppE50GadsD Chart title: The weakest annual rental price growth is in Lo
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15 Sep
The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs grew 3% in the year to August 2021, up from 2.1% in July.

Driven by falls last August due to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, the rise will likely be temporary ow.ly/U5Dc50Ga9LU Largest ever contributions from restaurants and hotels in Au
Commenting on today’s inflation figures for August, @jathers_ONS said: (1/2) "August saw the largest rise in annual inflation month
.@jathers_ONS continued: (2/2) “Food and non-alcoholic drink prices rose by more than las
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14 Sep
There were 8,797 deaths in England and Wales registered in the week ending 3 Sept 2021 (Week 35).

Affected by the Summer Bank Holiday, this was 1,471 fewer deaths than the previous week and 6.7% above the five-year average ow.ly/e14t50G9t5D The number of deaths registered in Week 35 was above the fiv
Of the deaths registered in the week ending 3 Sept 2021 in England & Wales, 659 mentioned #COVID19 on the death certificate (7.5% of all deaths).

This is a decrease compared with the previous week (668 deaths) ow.ly/9ZJK50G9t7K Total deaths from all causes were above the five-year averag
The number of deaths involving #COVID19 in England decreased to 632 in the week ending 3 Sept 2021 (Week 35), compared with 649 in the previous week.

For Wales, deaths involving COVID-19 increased to 25 in Week 35 compared with 16 in the previous week ow.ly/E3od50G9t9m
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14 Sep
Headline indicators for the UK labour market for May-July 2021 show

▪️ employment was 75.2%
▪️ unemployment was 4.6%
▪️ economic inactivity was 21.1%

ow.ly/gy0p50G9pyY Graphic text: Headline indicators for the UK labour market E
Commenting on today’s labour market data, ONS Deputy National Statistician @jathers_ONS said:

(1/4) Quote graphic text: “Early estimates from payroll data sug
Continuing, @jathers_ONS said:

(2/4) Quote graphic text: “However, this recovery isn’t even:
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13 Sep
Weekly household spending fell by more than £100 on average during the #COVID19 pandemic.

Data for the year to March 2021 highlight the impact of the pandemic on household finances and living standards ow.ly/CJT650G8Htj Graphic text: £109.10 - The...
Richer households saw a bigger reduction in spending than poorer households ow.ly/zngx50G8Hvs Graphic text: Household spe...
Lower spending on international holidays (including accommodation, travel and food) accounted for half of reduced spending in the highest income households, compared with a third for the lowest income households ow.ly/VkOU50G8Hzz Chart title: Spending on ho...
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13 Sep
There were 640 deaths involving COVID-19 of people who were fully vaccinated between 2 Jan and 2 July 2021.

This includes people who had been infected before they were vaccinated ow.ly/Ox4P50G8GVh Deaths involving COVID-19 b...
Age-standardised mortality rates for deaths involving #COVID19 are consistently lower for people who have received two vaccinations ow.ly/AuKO50G8GYz
A ‘breakthrough death’ is a death involving #COVID19 that occurred in someone who'd received both vaccines, and had a first positive PCR test at least 14 days after the second vaccination dose.

There were 256 breakthrough deaths between 2 Jan and 2 July ow.ly/nrQO50G8H05
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7 Sep
After reaching a peak of 246 in March 2021, the total number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals fell considerably in April 2021 and has continued around that level, reaching 131 in June 2021 ow.ly/JEc250G5i3X Chart title: The number of monthly M&A deals involving UK co
In April to June 2021 the total value of inward M&A was £27.7 billion, £19.4 billion higher than in Jan to Mar 2021, when it was £8.3 billion ow.ly/SV1a50G5i6s Chart title: Inward mergers and acquisitions (M&A) during Qu
The value of domestic M&A was £10.6 billion in April to June 2021, up £6.1 billion on the previous quarter’s figure, which was £4.5 billion ow.ly/pJUE50G5i9a Chart title: Domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Quar
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7 Sep
In 2020, there were 5,224 suicides registered in England and Wales.

Accounting for the age structure of the population, the mortality rate was 10.0 deaths per 100,000 population, significantly lower than 2019 ow.ly/PT3t50G5hmE
The decrease in suicide registrations in 2020 is likely to be driven by two factors

▪️ a decrease in male suicides at the start of the #coronavirus pandemic
▪️ delays in death registrations because of the pandemic

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Around three-quarters of registered suicides in 2020 were among men (3,925 deaths).

This follows a trend seen since the mid-1990s ow.ly/Rk7X50G5hsW
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6 Sep
We've published findings from our International Passenger Survey to understand attitudes towards #COVID19 among passengers arriving into the UK between Feb and July 2021 ow.ly/gtxu50G4JrD Attitudes towards COVID-19 among passengers arriving into th
Most UK residents arriving in the UK found following overseas #COVID19 restrictions either difficult, or very difficult (84% in July 2021).

Conversely most overseas residents said they understood UK COVID-19 restrictions either quite well, or very well ow.ly/Yyga50G4Jt9 Chart title: Most UK residents interviewed found it difficul
Despite understanding UK #COVID19 restrictions quite well or very well, most overseas residents said they were either not at all confident, or not very confident in accessing information about UK COVID-19 restrictions (between Feb and July 2021) ow.ly/loVg50G4Jv1 Chart title: Most overseas residents interviewed were not at
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3 Sep
Latest #COVID19 estimates show infection rates are level in England in the week ending 27 August 2021.

Rates have decreased in Northern Ireland, increased in Scotland and the trend is uncertain in Wales in the week ending 28 August 2021 ow.ly/7awB50G3H6T Estimated number of people with COVID-19 in the most recent
Commenting on the results for Scotland, Sarah Crofts, Head of Analytical Outputs for the #COVID19 Infection Survey, said: (1/2) "In Scotland we are seeing our highest estimate of infe
Sarah Crofts continued: (2/2) “The results from this kind of surveillance study are crit
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3 Sep
The latest #COVID19 vaccine hesitancy data (23 June to 18 July 2021) show that 8% of 16- to 29-year-olds were hesitant towards vaccination.

This new analysis looks at reasons for vaccine hesitancy based on in-depth interviews with a group of young adults ow.ly/BbZ650G3BKt Graphic text: Coronavirus vaccine hesitancy in younger adult
The main reasons for vaccine hesitancy among 16-29-year-olds included a distrust of vaccine (safety and content) and those who were encouraging vaccine take up.

We also saw concern about known and unknown side effects (including on fertility) ow.ly/Dyhj50G3BQr Graphic text: “I was a bit wary of it only because it came
Changes in vaccine hesitancy appeared related to

▪️ media influences
▪️ experiences of others having the vaccine
▪️ opinions of those in close social networks

ow.ly/HHir50G3BVz Graphic text: “After a month there were more studies sayin
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2 Sep
We’ve published an article showing the similarities and differences between the fortnightly Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS) furlough estimates & HMRC’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) statistics between 23 March 2020 and 30 June 2021 ow.ly/23GP50G2SGt
ONS BICS estimates on proportions of the workforce on furlough show a similar trend as CJRS figures (BICS industries only).

Estimates have been notably higher at times of substantial #COVID19 related restrictions ow.ly/s0pX50G2SIt Comparison between CJRS statistics and BICS estimates on pro
BICS furlough estimates based on “currently trading” businesses only are on average 0.5 percentage points lower than the CJRS figures and have been more aligned with CJRS estimates during times of substantial #COVID19 restrictions ow.ly/dIDF50G2SKQ
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2 Sep
We have published new data looking at suicide deaths that occurred in the early months of the #coronavirus pandemic (April to July 2020) ow.ly/htLm50G2RI9
1,603 suicides occurred between April and July 2020 in England and Wales (9.2 deaths per 100,000 people).

This rate is statistically significantly lower than the same period in the previous three years ow.ly/E6eP50G2RTH
The lower suicide rate was primarily driven by a decrease in males, while in females there was no statistically significant difference from earlier years:

▪️ males: 13.9 per 100,000
▪️ females: 4.7 deaths per 100,000

➡️ ow.ly/5tT650G2RVZ Bar chart showing the April to July 2020 suicide rate decrea
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24 Aug
For the first time, we’ve published data on

▪️ how safe adults aged 16+ feel walking alone in public settings
▪️ whether feeling unsafe has affected behaviours
▪️ experiences of harassment, such as catcalls, whistles and unwanted sexual comments

➡️ ow.ly/MCyD50FWQZ4 How safe do people feel in different public settings? We exp
Two-thirds of women aged 16 to 34 years experienced one form of harassment in the previous 12 months:

▪️ 44% had experienced catcalls, whistles, unwanted sexual comments or jokes
▪️ 29% felt like they had been followed

➡️ ow.ly/CDC050FWR21 Bar chart showing more women aged 16 to 34 years experienced
When asked about walking alone after dark in a quiet street near home,

▪️ 1 in 2 women felt unsafe
▪️ 1 in 7 men felt unsafe

➡️ ow.ly/SDCC50FWR5C 49% of women felt unsafe walking in a quiet street near thei
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20 Aug
Latest results from the #COVID19 Infection Survey show a mixed picture across the UK.

Decreases were seen in England and Scotland in the week ending 14 August 2021, while there was an increase in Wales.

The trend for Northern Ireland was uncertain
ow.ly/73KR50FUNmy Estimated number of people ...
The #COVID19 infection rates in England in the week ending 14 August 2021 decreased in

▪️ the West Midlands
▪️ the East Midlands
▪️ the North East

➡️ ow.ly/1IFr50FUNq9 Line charts showing the per...
The percentage testing positive in England fell in the week ending 14 August 2021 for people

▪️ in School Years 7 to 11
▪️ aged 25-34
▪️ aged 70+.

Infection rates increased in the 35-49 age group, while the trend in all other age groups was uncertain ow.ly/csIB50FUNs1 Line charts showing the per...
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20 Aug
Latest data from our Opinions & Lifestyle survey show nearly 9 in 10 adults (87%) say they would be likely or very likely to have a booster COVID-19 vaccine if offered.

This varied among age groups, from 96% of those aged 70+, to 78% for the 16 to 29s ow.ly/vEKf50FUIhc Image
A high proportion of adults still felt that measures to slow the spread of #COVID19 were either very important or important:

▪️ wearing a face covering while shopping (86%)
▪️ social distancing (84%)

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Nearly half (46%) of adults reported always or often maintaining social distancing, down slightly from 49% last week.

While over half (59%) said they avoided physical contact when outside their home (64% last week) ow.ly/aggz50FUInN
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20 Aug
Our latest data show retail sales fell by an estimated 2.5% in July 2021 compared with June 2021.

This is 5.8% higher than their pre-pandemic February 2020 levels ow.ly/QquO50FUEGs Line chart showing retail s...
Commenting on today’s retail sales figures for July, Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow @jathers_ONS said: (1/3) "Following the Euro 20...
.@jathers_ONS continued: (2/3) "Food sales fell back ...
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17 Aug
Headline indicators for the UK labour market for April to June 2021 show

▪️ employment was 75.1%
▪️ unemployment was 4.7%
▪️ economic inactivity was 21.1%

➡️ ow.ly/Hwgw50FSjGi Headline indicators for the UK labour market  Employment (16
Commenting on today’s labour market data, ONS Deputy National Statistician @jathers_ONS said (1/4) The world of work continues to rebound robustly from the eff
Continuing, @jathers_ONS said (2/4) Meanwhile early survey figures show that the number of job v
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13 Aug
Latest results from our #COVID19 Infection Survey show in the week ending 7 August, infection rates

▪️ remained high in England and Northern Ireland
▪️ continued to decrease in Scotland.

In Wales, the trend is uncertain ow.ly/ysUq50FQmvg Estimated number of people with COVID-19 in the week ending
In the week ending 6 August 2021, #COVID19 infection rates in England have decreased in

▪️ the North East
▪️ the North West
▪️ the West Midlands
▪️ London.

In all other regions the trend was uncertain (in the most recent week) ow.ly/XJiw50FQmy6 Chart title: The percentage of people testing positive decre
Also in England, the percentage of people testing positive for #COVID19 increased in those aged between School Year 12 and those aged 24.

The trend was uncertain in all other age groups in the week ending 6 August 2021 ow.ly/qB9F50FQmA0 Chart title: In the week ending 6 August 2021, the percentag
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13 Aug
New data from our Opinions & Lifestyle survey show over a quarter of adults (27%) reported feeling it would take more than a year for life to return to normal (4 to 8 August).

This was down from 32% three weeks ago (14 to 18 July).

➡️ow.ly/OepO50FQhkL Graphic text: 27%  of adults felt it would take more than a
Slightly more adults reported meeting with someone not in their household indoors (64%) than outdoors (60%) for the first time this year.

Meeting indoors has gradually increased since the removal of legal restrictions in England on 19 July

➡️ow.ly/rars50FQhoN Chart title: Almost two thirds of adults met up indoors with
A high proportion of adults felt that measures to slow the spread of #COVID19 were either very important or important.

Such measures included:

▪️ wearing a face covering while shopping (88%)
▪️ socially distancing (86%)

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