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UK Statistics Authority Assessment

Updated: 19 Jan 2019
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National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value, and comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Documents relating to how the Housing Executive complies with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics are available by clicking on this link:
During 2016, the Office for Statistics Regulation undertook an assessment which considered whether the Northern ireland House Condition Survey (NIHCS) preliminary and main reports met the required standard in order to be designated as a National Statistic (NS).
The Office for Statistics Regulation judged that NS designation should be awarded to the NIHCS reports once the Northern Ireland Housing Executive demonstrated that it had met the requirements set out in the assessment report.
The assessment report was published on the UK Statistics Authority website in December 2016:
In response to the report, we produced an action plan outlining how it intended to meet the requirements. The action plan is available below.
Updates to the action plan will also be published as requirements are met. We are expected to report back to the Office for Statistics Regulation by 31 March 2017 whereupon the Authority will decide whether to confer NS designation based on the advice of the Office for Statistics Regulation.
The Housing Executive met the requirements set out in the assessment report and the NIHCS was awarded National Statistics staus. The NIHCS 2016: revised preliminary report was published in October 2017
You can view the preliminary report at:
You can now also download the updated action plan (April 2017) outlining how the requirements were met at:

Assessment update – May 2018

The UK Statistics Authority’s regulatory team reviewed the NIHCS 2016 main report prior to publication.  National Statistics designation was confirmed on 29th May 2018 and the main report was published on 31st May 2018.
The letter confirming National Statistics designation has been published on the UK Statistics Authority’s website:
You can view the main report at: