The data from the COINS database sent to the ONS from HM Treasury

Lisa Evans made this Freedom of Information request to Office for National Statistics

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I would like to request a copy of the latest data from the COINS database sent to the Office of National Statistics from HM Treasury.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

Lauren Brown, Office for National Statistics

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Please could you advise and respond to the following email.

Many thanks

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I would like to request a copy of the latest data from the COINS
database sent to the Office of National Statistics from HM
Treasury.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

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Paul Wearn, Office for National Statistics

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Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

Are you planning on appealing this? The exemption looks rather dubious and they haven't really explained it or done a public interest test.

Dear Paul Wearn,

Thank you for your reply.

I have worked with the members of HM Treasury team who are responsible for COINS and have a good understanding of the processes involved in COINS data entry. I know that the data is entered by departments as described here:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pesp_cra.htm

in particular in Annex B - Best practise for the CRA data collection

What interests me in your reply is the statement:

"The data in the extract are in-year monitoring data and, as such, have not been audited."

Could I clarify that the reason you rejected my request for the Excel spreadsheet from COINS is because the data you receive is not audited?

If so, is the COINS data the ONS receives audited or checked before it is used in the ONS reports?

Finally, if the audited or checking does take place, could you advice how the audited COINS data is stored before it is used in the ONS reports?

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Evans

David Jones left an annotation ()

They have not responded to your request for clarification. Perhaps you should prod them?

I know COINS has been published, but it still would be useful to see what "snapshot" the ONS get sent. They say it contains 800,000 records, which is considerably fewer than the 23 million or so that a year's worth of COINS contains, so someone is doing some summarisation.