The government broadly supports the recommendations and will work with the research community to support the use and reuse of de-identified administrative data for research and policy purposes. This government response emphasises the importance of:
building on existing activities, infrastructure and systems where feasible to develop a new UK-wide approach
developing the infrastructure to maximise the potential benefits to government analysts, the wider research community and citizens
ensuring that the full breadth of data sources, with analytical value and held in administrative systems, are accessible for research
This document is a first response following the government’s initial consideration of the proposals. We are developing more detailed plans with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Devolved Administrations and others.