Sub-national PSF Consultation

Closed 25 Sep 2017

Opened 3 Jul 2017


This consultation aims to gather user views on public sector finance statistics at local area geographies, whether that be country, region, local authority or other sub-UK geography.

The first part of the consultation focuses on feedback on the Country and regional public sector finances (CRPSF) bulletin published as experimental statistics on 23 May 2017 and issues around public sector finance statistics at a regional and country level (i.e. at NUTS1 level). The decision to produce the bulletin was made by ONS following a public consultation in February 2016. Responses to that consultation suggested that there was significant interest from users in public sector revenue, expenditure and net fiscal balance  data at the country/regional level.  Several questions in this consultation elicit views on how useful the bulletin, published on 23 May 2017, is and how it might be improved.

Some respondents to the 2016 consultation also expressed an interest in public sector finance data for geographies below country and regional level. ONS decided, therefore, to produce a scoping study detailing data sources available at sub-NUTS1 level and work that has been done by other organisations, to produce estimates of public sector expenditure and revenue, and in some instances net fiscal balances, for lower level geographies. The sub-regional public sector finances scoping study was published on 3 July 2017. This consultation includes several questions concerning the scoping study and sub-NUTS1 estimates, responses to which will help to inform decisions about what role, if any, ONS might most usefully undertake in the production of such estimates.

Questions posed in the earlier parts of this consultation refer primarily to the recently published CRPSF bulletin and data. Later questions are generally focused more on the sub-regional scoping study and estimates for lower level geographies. Several questions deal with issues that are relevant both to the bulletin and the scoping study. We hope that you will respond to all the questions, but if you prefer to only respond to questions that are of particular interest to you, please feel free to do so. However, if you decide not to answer all of the questions you may not receive an acknowledgement that your responses have been received.

In the final section of the consultation you will be asked to provide: your name; your email address; and the organisation (if any) that you represent.  Whilst we hope that you will provide them, you may omit these if that is your preference and you do not wish your submission to be acknowledged.

What Happens Next

All responses will be carefully considered. A summary of these will be published by ONS, together with details of how ONS intends to address issues raised within 12 weeks from the end date of the consultation.


  • Analysts
  • Academics
  • Businesses
  • Economists
  • Government
  • Local government
  • Researchers
  • Statisticians
  • Think tanks


  • Economy
  • Statistics
  • Data