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ONS researcher needs help from islanders

A visiting research officer from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) needs islanders' help this week.

Sarah Harris is investigating whether household expenditure in the Isles of Scilly is different from household expenditure in Cornwall.

She told This is Scilly: "The Office for National Statistics is an independent body that aims to produce better statistics for better decisions. Currently the ONS produces national estimates of household expenditure, estimates of how much households spend and on what commodities. In my branch, Regional Accounts, we are looking to develop regional estimates of household expenditure.

"We want to produce regional estimates at various regional levels, including local authority level. At the moment household expenditure is only measured in Cornwall and is not measured in the Isles of Scilly. I’m undertaking a project to investigate whether household expenditure in Scilly is different to household expenditure in Cornwall. Once we have an idea of whether there are differences in spending we hope to be able to produce better regional statistics for the Isles of Scilly."

Sarah would like to speak to a variety of people across the islands to discuss living on the Isles of Scilly and how it may differ from Cornwall.

She added: "I would like to discuss figures for Cornwall to see if these figures are representative of household spending in the Isles of Scilly. I am not looking to collected detailed statistics for individuals, I am looking to discuss broadly whether spending in the Isles of Scilly is different to Cornwall."

Sarah will be on the islands for a week from tomorrow (February 26th). If you would like to meet her to help with the project, please contact her at

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