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Economic Statistics Plan 2007/08

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Introduction

This Statistics Plan for 2007/08 covers the economy, labour market, business & enterprise and finance themes. It provides details of regular outputs and publications together with the proposed developments for the year ahead. Some developments depend on resource availability and may be part of a wider programme of work (in many cases involving the Office for National Statistics).

Outputs to be produced in 2007/08

The main outputs to be produced in 2007/08 are summarised in the table below.

Month

Theme

NS

Freq

O utput

April 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

Gross Domestic Product 2006, Q4.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2006, Q4.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

May 2007

LM

M

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

June 2007

LM

LM

LM

M

Q

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q1 2007.

Annual Population Survey 2006 - A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics.

July 2007

Econ

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

NS

Q

Q

A

M

A

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q1.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q1.

Scottish Economic Statistics 2007 publication.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Council Tax Collection Rates 2006-07.

Aug 2007

LM

BE

Fin

BE

NS

M

A

A

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Scottish Annual Business Statistics 2005.

Liquor Licensing Statistics 2006.

Briefing on Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction Survey 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Sep 2007

LM

LM

M

Q

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q2 2007.

Oct 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q2.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q2.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Nov 2007

LM

BE

BE

M

A

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Briefing on headline Business Enterprise Research & Development 2006.

Briefing on headline Business Start-ups and Closures 2006.

Dec 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

LM

BE

NS

NS

A

A

M

Q

A

Global Connection Survey 2006.

Scottish Input-Output tables for 2004.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q3 2007.

Scottish Corporate Sector Statistics 2007.

Jan 2008

Econ

Econ

LM

Fin

NS

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

A

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q3.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q3.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Local Government Financial Statistics 2006-07.

Feb 2008

Econ

LM

A

M

Global Connections Survey - LEC Analysis, 2006.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Mar 2008

LM

Fin

LM

Fin

M

A

Q

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Budget Briefing, 2008.

Public Sector Employment Statistics Q4 2007.

Web publication of GAE Green Book 2008/09 - 2010/11.

Econ = Economy

LM = Labour Market

BE = Business and Enterprise

Fin = Finance

NS = National Statistics

A = Annual

Q = Quarterly

M = Monthly

Developments for 2007/08

Macro-economic Statistics

GDP Quality Improvements

Over the course of the year, Scottish Government statisticians will continue to improve the quality of data and methodology underpinning the Scottish GDP estimates. This will involve a number of developments including:

· incorporation of improved data sources and estimates of value added for a number of series within the public sector and selected activities of the non-profit sector.

· a comprehensive redevelopment of the systems used in the production of the quarterly GDP measure to coincide with the transfer of the data onto a new server. In the longer term, further work will be undertaken towards the replacement of the panel estimation approach used in production with a standard ratio estimation approach.

· introduction of new weights, consistent with Regional Accounts and the input-output system, for 2004, in time for the 2007 Q2 publication in October 2007;

· performing a check on the coverage of the panel of companies used to inform estimates for the production sector; and

· responding to the findings of a feasibility study into the future production of a quarterly expenditure measure of GDP.

Improved trade flow estimates

We shall improve the quality of our estimates of exports from Scotland by further developing the data and methodology underpinning the Global Connections Survey and harmonising the GCS data with other trade figures, where appropriate, from a variety of other sources. This will involve:

· Major re-write of the GCS system and methodologies used to produced export estimates;

· Improved data source and estimation methods within the financial services sectors;

· Analysis of the newly included GCS question on imports, assessing reliability for inclusion in Scottish Input-Output tables;

· Preliminary investigations into businesses operating on the UK continental shelf.

Consistent time series macro-economic information system

The new Input-Output system developed last year is the platform that should allow continued development in both improved methodology terms, and, over the next couple of years develop a consistent time series model of the economy. With full support from the new Expert Users Group, they agree that this will enable analysis on industries and products over time; such as their growth or decline and volatility, as well as allowing specific UK comparisons. With this kind of information it will be possible to not only look at the shape of the Scottish economy in the past, but also help to predict what may happen in the future.

Improved consistency with other Scottish Government economic statistics

We intend to improve consistency across the various official economic statistics. For example, we plan to align, where possible, the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS) estimates with estimates in the input-output system.

Improved presentation of the input-output tables and analyses

In response to advice from the Expert Users Group, statisticians will work with them to provide more comprehensive online documentation to help users understand and use the figures as well as providing tools for simple impact analyses.

Develop expertise in the HM Treasury tax modelling system (IGOTM)

Scottish Government statisticians will upgrade and improve the system running the Treasury model and develop their knowledge and use of the tax modelling system to allow more detailed tax burden analyses.

Improved measurement of Government Output in Scotland.

Over the next year, Scottish Government statisticians will continue to co-ordinate activity across the Scottish Government towards the implementation of the recommendations in the Atkinson Review Final Report. We shall be working closely with ONS to ensure that Scottish data are incorporated in the UK estimates (to appear in the 2007 Blue Book) and as an input into our own estimates in the GDP and input-output systems.

Where data are available, we shall replace existing input-based public sector estimates with output-based measures into our GDP calculations in October 2007. Where possible we shall strive to ensure consistency with UK sources and methods.

Updates on progress towards these goals will be published on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/15572/Atkinson

Improved estimates for Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland

Over the course of this year, we shall conduct a major review of GERS, looking in depth at data sources, methodology, and the content and presentation of the publication. This will draw on revisions as a consequence of the HM Treasury review of the PESA CRA analysis, revisions and methodological changes in the ONS Regional GVA estimates, and revised assumptions made by the Scottish Government. We shall also consider in detail the numerous points suggested by the Cuthberts and from the Finance Committee scrutiny.

Business & Enterprise Statistics

The Scottish Government will continue to develop the quality, range and use of business and enterprise statistics. This will involve promoting the use of linked datasets for policy analysis and evaluation; broadening the range of key statistics available and improving the presentation of headline data. We will also consult with Ministers and other stakeholders to determine their views of the key gaps in our statistics. We will work to determine how best these gaps may be closed. Further details are listed below:

Planned Developments for 2007/08

Business stock and performance

· Plan the implementation of SIC 2007 across all business statistics publications and analyses.

· Develop analysis of business demography consistent with Eurostat definitions of demographic events

· Provide additional international and regional comparisons to benchmark Scottish business stock and business performance

· Develop further analysis of business growth for Scottish Enterprise.

· Investigate what additional analysis of foreign owned companies is possible, including individual country analyses

· Continue to work with ONS and other government departments to harmonise methods of business stock analysis

· Continue to feed into the ONS' work on the development of the new Business Register and Employment Survey

Innovation, Research & Development and Knowledge Transfer

· Gain access to business enterprise research and development (BERD) microdata for Scotland to improve quality assurance of R&D data and flexibility of analysis

· Work with the Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England to improve metrics on Scottish knowledge transfer activity

· Continue to work with ONS to quality assure Scottish R&D data and allow earlier access to key statistics for Scotland e.g. Total R&D expenditure

· Liaise with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the 5th Community Innovation Survey

Investment

· Continue to work with ONS to establish improved methods of measuring regional business investment

Data-linking

· Manage the Scottish remote virtual microdata laboratory project - to set-up access to the ONS' microdata lab from within Scottish Government buildings.

· Assist Scottish Enterprise to develop further use of microdata for programme and project evaluation.

· Maintain close links with ONS and other government departments on strategic developments in data sharing and relevant legislation within the Statistics and Registration Service Bill

Dissemination

· Develop the business statistics website to improve access to key headline data on business stock, R&D, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Labour Market Statistics

The Scottish Government will continue to pursue various initiatives to improve the quality and consistency of Labour Market statistics in Scotland. This will include detailed analysis of the Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey (LFS/APS) and further development of the quarterly public sector employment figures. We will also consult with Ministers and other stakeholders to determine their views on key gaps in labour market statistics. We will work to determine how best these gaps may be closed. Further details are listed below:

Planned Developments for 2006/07

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey

· Publish the results of the APS in Scotland for 2006 including data on urban/rural splits and deprived/non deprived splits..

· Continue to work with the Office for National Statistics to improve the quality of the LFS/APS in Scotland and ensure that the boost to the LFS in future years continues to be of an acceptable quality

· Consult on the content of the Annual Population Survey publication and amend accordingly.

· Work with ONS to take forward a pilot for an ethnic minority boost to the Annual Population Survey

Public Sector Employment Publication

· Continue to publish the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Series for Scotland.

· In Conjunction with ONS:

§ Ensure that coverage of the public sector bodies in Scotland is complete and accurate;

§ Work with the information and statistics directorate of NHS Scotland to obtain more accurate and timely NHS workforce statistics;

§ Investigate the possibility of seasonally adjusting the public sector employment series.

· Reconcile public sector employment estimates with more detailed publications on specific sectors within the public sectors (i.e. education and social work)

· Work towards National Statistics classification

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

· Produce data on more detailed geographies within Scotland

School Leavers Destinations Follow Up Survey

· Work with Careers Scotland to ensure that the follow up to the School Leavers Destination Survey is carried out in March 2008.

· Prepare for publication of follow up survey later in 2008.

Input to Policy Development and Monitoring

· Continue to seek access to the Department of Work and Pensions Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study to establish better information on flows of people on and off benefits and training schemes including the characteristics of those dependant on benefits in Scotland.

· Analyse pupil level information to better understand the factors which effect the destinations of school leavers.

· Continue to develop data to allow monitoring of those people in need of more choices and chances at detailed geographies and within different client groups.

Dissemination

· Develop labour market statistics website to allow for easier navigation around labour market datasets for both experienced and new users of labour market data.

· Develop economic profiles to include other geographies such as LEC's, CPP's, Urban/Rural areas and deprived/non deprived areas.

· Work with local data users to ensure that maximum use is being made of available data and that data gaps are identified.

Equalities Data

· Work with relevant partners to help develop existing data on labour market for the different equalities strands.

· Liaise with the Department for Work and Pensions to seek better information on benefit claims by ethnic group.

· Investigate existing administrative data to help monitor the impact of changes in strategy surrounding minority ethnic employment which come out of the Ethnic Minorities in the Labour Market Strategic Group.

FINANCE

Local Government Financial Statistics and Local Taxation

· Review of key data collections (but not a complete review of LFRs) including non-domestic rates returns, capital returns, and council tax returns

· Input to spending review, review of council tax projections and non-domestic rates projections methodology

· Analysis of local taxation options and non-domestic rates relief schemes options

· Development of the Scottish Assessors Portal database use

· Review of the LGF Statistics annual publication contents

Grant Aided Expenditure (GAE) Statistics etc.

· Collection, collation and validation of all data required for calculating individual GAE assessments.

· Calculation of individual council allocations for each GAE assessment relating to the 2008 - 2011 local government finance settlement and also total GAE allocations for each council.

· Analytical support for any follow-up work required on potential alternatives to current distribution method of support for revenue expenditure across local authorities.

TOURISM

Tourism Statistics

· Support the work of the Tourism Framework for Change (TFFC) Monitoring Group, which was established to oversee implementation of the actions and targets included in the TFFC, and the five Implementation Groups, which were created to take forward each of the key themes.

· Continue to work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to improve the quality of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) for Scotland and to liaise with the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) on issues related to international migration.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER

ENTERPRISE , ENERGY AND LIFELONG LEARNING ANALYTICAL SERVICES

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT JULY 2007

SCOTTISH ECONOMIC STATISTICS PLAN 2007/08

Introduction

This Statistics Plan for 2007/08 covers the economy, labour market, business & enterprise and finance themes. It provides details of regular outputs and publications together with the proposed developments for the year ahead. Some developments depend on resource availability and may be part of a wider programme of work (in many cases involving the Office for National Statistics).

Outputs to be produced in 2007/08

The main outputs to be produced in 2007/08 are summarised in the table below.

Month

Theme

NS

Freq

O utput

April 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

Gross Domestic Product 2006, Q4.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2006, Q4.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

May 2007

LM

M

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

June 2007

LM

LM

LM

M

Q

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q1 2007.

Annual Population Survey 2006 - A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics.

July 2007

Econ

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

NS

Q

Q

A

M

A

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q1.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q1.

Scottish Economic Statistics 2007 publication.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Council Tax Collection Rates 2006-07.

Aug 2007

LM

BE

Fin

BE

NS

M

A

A

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Scottish Annual Business Statistics 2005.

Liquor Licensing Statistics 2006.

Briefing on Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction Survey 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Sep 2007

LM

LM

M

Q

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q2 2007.

Oct 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q2.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q2.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Nov 2007

LM

BE

BE

M

A

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Briefing on headline Business Enterprise Research & Development 2006.

Briefing on headline Business Start-ups and Closures 2006.

Dec 2007

Econ

Econ

LM

LM

BE

NS

NS

A

A

M

Q

A

Global Connection Survey 2006.

Scottish Input-Output tables for 2004.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Public Sector Employment Statistics in Scotland - Q3 2007.

Scottish Corporate Sector Statistics 2007.

Jan 2008

Econ

Econ

LM

Fin

NS

NS

NS

Q

Q

M

A

Gross Domestic Product 2007, Q3.

Index of Manufactured Exports 2007, Q3.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Local Government Financial Statistics 2006-07.

Feb 2008

Econ

LM

A

M

Global Connections Survey - LEC Analysis, 2006.

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Mar 2008

LM

Fin

LM

Fin

M

A

Q

A

Labour Market Monthly Web Updates.

Budget Briefing, 2008.

Public Sector Employment Statistics Q4 2007.

Web publication of GAE Green Book 2008/09 - 2010/11.



Econ = Economy

LM = Labour Market

BE = Business and Enterprise

Fin = Finance

NS = National Statistics

A = Annual

Q = Quarterly

M = Monthly

Developments for 2007/08

Macro-economic Statistics

GDP Quality Improvements

Over the course of the year, Scottish Government statisticians will continue to improve the quality of data and methodology underpinning the Scottish GDP estimates. This will involve a number of developments including:

· incorporation of improved data sources and estimates of value added for a number of series within the public sector and selected activities of the non-profit sector.

· a comprehensive redevelopment of the systems used in the production of the quarterly GDP measure to coincide with the transfer of the data onto a new server. In the longer term, further work will be undertaken towards the replacement of the panel estimation approach used in production with a standard ratio estimation approach.

· introduction of new weights, consistent with Regional Accounts and the input-output system, for 2004, in time for the 2007 Q2 publication in October 2007;

· performing a check on the coverage of the panel of companies used to inform estimates for the production sector; and

· responding to the findings of a feasibility study into the future production of a quarterly expenditure measure of GDP.

Improved trade flow estimates

We shall improve the quality of our estimates of exports from Scotland by further developing the data and methodology underpinning the Global Connections Survey and harmonising the GCS data with other trade figures, where appropriate, from a variety of other sources. This will involve:

· Major re-write of the GCS system and methodologies used to produced export estimates;

· Improved data source and estimation methods within the financial services sectors;

· Analysis of the newly included GCS question on imports, assessing reliability for inclusion in Scottish Input-Output tables;

· Preliminary investigations into businesses operating on the UK continental shelf.

Consistent time series macro-economic information system

The new Input-Output system developed last year is the platform that should allow continued development in both improved methodology terms, and, over the next couple of years develop a consistent time series model of the economy. With full support from the new Expert Users Group, they agree that this will enable analysis on industries and products over time; such as their growth or decline and volatility, as well as allowing specific UK comparisons. With this kind of information it will be possible to not only look at the shape of the Scottish economy in the past, but also help to predict what may happen in the future.

Improved consistency with other Scottish Government economic statistics

We intend to improve consistency across the various official economic statistics. For example, we plan to align, where possible, the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS) estimates with estimates in the input-output system.

Improved presentation of the input-output tables and analyses

In response to advice from the Expert Users Group, statisticians will work with them to provide more comprehensive online documentation to help users understand and use the figures as well as providing tools for simple impact analyses.

Develop expertise in the HM Treasury tax modelling system (IGOTM)

Scottish Government statisticians will upgrade and improve the system running the Treasury model and develop their knowledge and use of the tax modelling system to allow more detailed tax burden analyses.

Improved measurement of Government Output in Scotland.

Over the next year, Scottish Government statisticians will continue to co-ordinate activity across the Scottish Government towards the implementation of the recommendations in the Atkinson Review Final Report. We shall be working closely with ONS to ensure that Scottish data are incorporated in the UK estimates (to appear in the 2007 Blue Book) and as an input into our own estimates in the GDP and input-output systems.

Where data are available, we shall replace existing input-based public sector estimates with output-based measures into our GDP calculations in October 2007. Where possible we shall strive to ensure consistency with UK sources and methods.

Updates on progress towards these goals will be published on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/15572/Atkinson

Improved estimates for Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland

Over the course of this year, we shall conduct a major review of GERS, looking in depth at data sources, methodology, and the content and presentation of the publication. This will draw on revisions as a consequence of the HM Treasury review of the PESA CRA analysis, revisions and methodological changes in the ONS Regional GVA estimates, and revised assumptions made by the Scottish Government. We shall also consider in detail the numerous points suggested by the Cuthberts and from the Finance Committee scrutiny.

Details of current methodology, new proposals and instructions about how to respond to the public consultation can be found on the Scottish Government website using the following link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/GERS

The publication is likely to be delayed to allow time for a full public consultation on the revised methodology and presentation. The current plan is to produce estimates for both 2005-06 and 2006-07 in June/July 2008 - this effectively brings the publication date forward by six months.

Business & Enterprise Statistics

The Scottish Government will continue to develop the quality, range and use of business and enterprise statistics. This will involve promoting the use of linked datasets for policy analysis and evaluation; broadening the range of key statistics available and improving the presentation of headline data. We will also consult with Ministers and other stakeholders to determine their views of the key gaps in our statistics. We will work to determine how best these gaps may be closed. Further details are listed below:

Planned Developments for 2007/08

Business stock and performance

· Plan the implementation of SIC 2007 across all business statistics publications and analyses.

· Develop analysis of business demography consistent with Eurostat definitions of demographic events

· Provide additional international and regional comparisons to benchmark Scottish business stock and business performance

· Develop further analysis of business growth for Scottish Enterprise.

· Investigate what additional analysis of foreign owned companies is possible, including individual country analyses

· Continue to work with ONS and other government departments to harmonise methods of business stock analysis

· Continue to feed into the ONS' work on the development of the new Business Register and Employment Survey

Innovation, Research & Development and Knowledge Transfer

· Gain access to business enterprise research and development (BERD) microdata for Scotland to improve quality assurance of R&D data and flexibility of analysis

· Work with the Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England to improve metrics on Scottish knowledge transfer activity

· Continue to work with ONS to quality assure Scottish R&D data and allow earlier access to key statistics for Scotland e.g. Total R&D expenditure

· Liaise with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the 5th Community Innovation Survey

Investment

· Continue to work with ONS to establish improved methods of measuring regional business investment

Data-linking

· Manage the Scottish remote virtual microdata laboratory project - to set-up access to the ONS' microdata lab from within Scottish Government buildings.

· Assist Scottish Enterprise to develop further use of microdata for programme and project evaluation.

· Maintain close links with ONS and other government departments on strategic developments in data sharing and relevant legislation within the Statistics and Registration Service Bill

Dissemination

· Develop the business statistics website to improve access to key headline data on business stock, R&D, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Labour Market Statistics

The Scottish Government will continue to pursue various initiatives to improve the quality and consistency of Labour Market statistics in Scotland. This will include detailed analysis of the Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey (LFS/APS) and further development of the quarterly public sector employment figures. We will also consult with Ministers and other stakeholders to determine their views on key gaps in labour market statistics. We will work to determine how best these gaps may be closed. Further details are listed below:

Planned Developments for 2006/07

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey

· Publish the results of the APS in Scotland for 2006 including data on urban/rural splits and deprived/non deprived splits..

· Continue to work with the Office for National Statistics to improve the quality of the LFS/APS in Scotland and ensure that the boost to the LFS in future years continues to be of an acceptable quality

· Consult on the content of the Annual Population Survey publication and amend accordingly.

· Work with ONS to take forward a pilot for an ethnic minority boost to the Annual Population Survey

Public Sector Employment Publication

· Continue to publish the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Series for Scotland.

· In Conjunction with ONS:

§ Ensure that coverage of the public sector bodies in Scotland is complete and accurate;

§ Work with the information and statistics directorate of NHS Scotland to obtain more accurate and timely NHS workforce statistics;

§ Investigate the possibility of seasonally adjusting the public sector employment series.

· Reconcile public sector employment estimates with more detailed publications on specific sectors within the public sectors (i.e. education and social work)

· Work towards National Statistics classification

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

· Produce data on more detailed geographies within Scotland

School Leavers Destinations Follow Up Survey

· Work with Careers Scotland to ensure that the follow up to the School Leavers Destination Survey is carried out in March 2008.

· Prepare for publication of follow up survey later in 2008.

Input to Policy Development and Monitoring

· Continue to seek access to the Department of Work and Pensions Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study to establish better information on flows of people on and off benefits and training schemes including the characteristics of those dependant on benefits in Scotland.

· Analyse pupil level information to better understand the factors which effect the destinations of school leavers.

· Continue to develop data to allow monitoring of those people in need of more choices and chances at detailed geographies and within different client groups.

Dissemination

· Develop labour market statistics website to allow for easier navigation around labour market datasets for both experienced and new users of labour market data.

· Develop economic profiles to include other geographies such as LEC's, CPP's, Urban/Rural areas and deprived/non deprived areas.

· Work with local data users to ensure that maximum use is being made of available data and that data gaps are identified.

Equalities Data

· Work with relevant partners to help develop existing data on labour market for the different equalities strands.

· Liaise with the Department for Work and Pensions to seek better information on benefit claims by ethnic group.

· Investigate existing administrative data to help monitor the impact of changes in strategy surrounding minority ethnic employment which come out of the Ethnic Minorities in the Labour Market Strategic Group.

FINANCE

Local Government Financial Statistics and Local Taxation

· Review of key data collections (but not a complete review of LFRs) including non-domestic rates returns, capital returns, and council tax returns

· Input to spending review, review of council tax projections and non-domestic rates projections methodology

· Analysis of local taxation options and non-domestic rates relief schemes options

· Development of the Scottish Assessors Portal database use

· Review of the LGF Statistics annual publication contents

Grant Aided Expenditure (GAE) Statistics etc.

· Collection, collation and validation of all data required for calculating individual GAE assessments.

· Calculation of individual council allocations for each GAE assessment relating to the 2008 - 2011 local government finance settlement and also total GAE allocations for each council.

· Analytical support for any follow-up work required on potential alternatives to current distribution method of support for revenue expenditure across local authorities.

TOURISM

Tourism Statistics

· Support the work of the Tourism Framework for Change (TFFC) Monitoring Group, which was established to oversee implementation of the actions and targets included in the TFFC, and the five Implementation Groups, which were created to take forward each of the key themes.

· Continue to work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to improve the quality of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) for Scotland and to liaise with the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) on issues related to international migration.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER

ENTERPRISE , ENERGY AND LIFELONG LEARNING ANALYTICAL SERVICES

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT JULY 2007