Social Trends

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Social Trends is a major British annual social and economic survey.


In 1967, Muriel Nissel and Claus Moser started work on "a national survey analysing trends in social welfare", that was to become Social Trends, first published in 1970, and considered to be the "statistician's bible".[1] Nissel edited Social Trends until 1975, when she began work on the "distribution and redistribution of wealth".[1]


It is produced annually by the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom. It gathers social and economic data from many governmental and other sources to form a comprehensive picture of how British society is at the moment and how it has changed over time. It also gives analysis of this information. As of 2009 it is in its 39th edition.

Although an annual production, different sections are published in three groups throughout the year.

Transition from printed version to the website[edit]

It is published on the Web for free and also in print form. From 2009, sections of the report will only be available from the website. This is a phased transition to complete publication only on the website.


It covers various different topics and policy areas e.g. housing, crime, income and wealth, transport, population.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bindel, Julie (28 November 2010). "Muriel Nissel obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2017 – via

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