NRS Publication Schedule Changes
NRS Publication Schedule Changes
Details of publications which are now available, but were affected by schedule changes during 2020, can be found below in the section Recent publications.
1. Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland (Updated on 16 December 2020)
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has been closely monitoring the weekly number of deaths, and given the increase in recent weeks, we have taken the decision to make additional weekly analysis available through this short publication providing a weekly breakdown of deaths from all causes and deaths involving COVID-19.
This weekly publication includes breakdowns by sex, age, health board, local authority and location of death. It also includes an analysis of excess deaths by location and broad cause of death.
In addition, we publish a comprehensive and detailed analysis of mortality on a monthly basis. This report includes analysis of deaths occurring in the previous month, and looks at age-standardised death rates, breakdown by deprivation, urban/rural, an analysis of leading causes of death and a breakdown by main pre-existing condition of those who died with COVID-19.
NRS mortality data (COVID-19 and excess deaths) will continue to be made available on a weekly basis through the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 dashboard.
2. Babies' First Names, 2020
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has had to delay publishing "Babies' First Names 2020". This was originally scheduled for publication in December 2020. However, due to restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, a backlog of birth registration data has built up over 2020, which would prevent a comprehensive summary being produced. In addition, NRS is also prioritising resource to the provision of additional COVID-19 mortality analysis over the coming months, alongside the production of other key demographic publications such as drug-related deaths. The full list of “Babies First Names 2020” will now be published in March 2021.
Scotland’s Population – The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends for 2019 was published in October this year, rather than the previously announced month of August. This was to reallocation of some resources to support ongoing COVID-19 related work, and to ensure that the product going out was of the highest possible quality.
National Records of Scotland (NRS) had to delay publishing Electoral Statistics, Scotland, March 2020. This one off publication was originally scheduled for 29 October 2020. However, by the middle of October 2020, NRS had not received some of the information that it relies on to calculate all the statistics. As a consequence, NRS has had to delay this publication and was released on 5 January 2021.
3. Deaths from Specific Causes in 2019 - delay in publication of statistics (Updated on 30th October 2020)
- Deaths from Specific Causes, 2019
- Vital Events Reference Tables, 2019 (only the section on causes of death)
- Drug-related deaths in Scotland, 2019
- Volatile Substance Abuse and Helium Deaths, 2019
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has had to delay publishing its statistics of the causes of the deaths that were registered in 2019, including the numbers of deaths due to (for example) drugs, alcohol and suicide.
They were originally scheduled for publication in June and July (like the corresponding statistics for the previous few years). However, by the end of April 2020, NRS had not received some of the information that it relies on to categorise many deaths as being due to (e.g.) drugs, alcohol and suicide. As a consequence, NRS has had to delay their publication.
The Future and Recent Publications page of the NRS website has now been updated with the revised publication dates.
Deaths from unknown causes are investigated by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Sometimes these investigations require toxicology tests to be undertaken to determine the actual cause of death. For 2019, there have been a number of toxicology tests outstanding, and consequent delays in finalising the causes of deaths.
NRS would usually finalise in April the death registration data to be used in its publications covering causes of death (including drug deaths, alcohol deaths and suicides). At the end of April 2020, there were almost 900 deaths, registered in 2019, with the cause still not known. It is not possible to produce reliable statistics of deaths from some causes when there remain so many deaths with unknown cause. Therefore, NRS could not publish these figures in June and July, as originally intended.
NRS has been monitoring the quality and completeness of the necessary data from COPFS. Based on the information received to date, NRS will now be publishing the delayed publications as follows.
- 24 November 2020 - Death from various causes, 2019
- 15 December 2020 - Drug-related deaths in Scotland, 2019
- 15 December 2020 - Volatile Substance Abuse and Helium Deaths, 2019
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has had to delay publishing updated population estimates by country of birth and nationality for Scotland and each council area.
This was planned for Thursday, 26 November 2020; however, this publication is now subject to delay as the estimates are sourced from the Annual Population Survey (APS) which has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. APS datasets had to be reweighted to take into account changes in data collection and to ensure that the types of people responding remained representative. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), who carry out the APS, have published a blog post with more information.
The new publication date has now been confirmed as 14 January 2021.
As there will be limited registration activity due to public holidays over the Christmas period, we have made some adjustments to our publication plans for the weekly report as follows:
Deaths registered in week 51 (14th to 20th December) – Publish as usual on Wednesday 23rd December
Deaths registered in week 52 (21st to 27th December) – No publication on Wednesday 30th December
Deaths registered in week 53 (28th December to 3rd January) – Published on Thursday 7th January (will also include figures for week 52)
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has had to delay publishing updated estimates of healthy life expectancy for Scotland and Scottish areas.
This was planned for Friday, 18 December 2020; however, this publication is now subject to delay as more time is needed to quality assure the data internally, and with ONS who are producing estimates for the UK.
This publication was released on 25 January 2021.