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Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (2021)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

Proportion of population using basic drinking water and sanitation services

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Basic Services refer to public service provision systems that meet human basic needs including drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, energy, mobility, waste collection, health care, education and information technologies. This indicator is based on 9 components which are captured in various standalone indicators of the SDGs which each have their own indicator page.

Indicator 3.7.1

Indicator 3.8.1

Indicator 4.1.1

Indicator 5.b.1

Indicator 6.2.1

Indicator 6.1.1

Indicator 7.1.1

Indicator 7.1.2

Indicator 9.1.1

Indicator 9.c.1

Indicator 11.2.1

Indicator 11.6.1

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This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population living in households with access to basic services

Target name

By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency


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WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (2021)



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Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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