Developing a method for producing annual gross value added at a subnational level

Closed 7 Mar 2022

Opened 13 Dec 2021


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is seeking views on a new method for producing gross value added (GVA) data at subnational level. Details of our suggested approach are outlined in this article.

The aim is to eventually publish subnational data that offers the flexibility for users of our economic statistics to define and build their own geographies using the building blocks we produce.  This flexibility is expected to help regional users access economic statistics in a way that enables them to develop non-standard geographic areas that are of particular interest.

As this is an experimental project, we would welcome your feedback using this consultation process to further its development.

Our aim is to develop the experimental statistics to a stage where they can be published regularly. In future, we would also like to develop an online self-service platform that will enable users to explore subnational statistics, as discussed in the Government Statistical Service’s Subnational Data Strategy.

What the experimental statistics will cover

The background of the project and methods used are detailed in the article accompanying the experimental statistics. The article outlines the aims of the project, progress made to date, and a look ahead at what might be achieved in the future.

The experimental statistics of annual subnational GVA cover the following geographies:

  • Lower layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs), which have not been covered before and form the building blocks for higher level geographies*
  • Parliamentary constituencies
  • Travel-To-Work Areas (TTWAs)
  • Health boards
  • A selection of bespoke areas of interest to users
  • Middle layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs)

Our Census Geography article defines key building blocks of LSOAs, MSOAs and TTWA. LSOAs in England and Wales are synonymous with data zones in Scotland and super output areas in Northern Ireland.

* We may publish the lower-level geography data in future as we continue to work on understanding how best to manage the disclosure risk. In the mean time, the dataset will be made available in the ONS Secure Research Service for access to accredited researchers.

How to respond

We encourage you to respond online where this is possible. However, responses in writing or by email will also be accepted via:

or: Subnational Statistics and Analysis Division, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport, South Wales, NP10 8XG

Should you wish to submit your main response online and any supporting information via hard copy or email, please be clear that this is part of the same consultation response.

Languages and Accessibility

All material relating to this consultation can be provided in braille, large print, or audio formats on request. British Sign Language interpreters can also be requested for any supporting events.

A Welsh translation of the consultation document and questionnaire is available upon request, please contact for further information.

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