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ABBREVIATIONS
Welcome to the Whitaker’s website!
Published annually in print since 1868 and now available online, Whitaker’s is the definitive resource.
Visit our shop to subscribe to the entire website or, alternatively, navigate the site using the drop-down menu on the left and you will be able buy access to individual chapters and sections of content which can be conveniently accessed as and when required.
Whitaker’s content is updated continually throughout the year as new information becomes available from our sources, via the news and our own research. Our dedicated team of both in-house editors and specialist contributors spend a total of around 6,000 hours updating Whitaker’s annually – this includes contacting thousands of organisations and government departments, researching information from official annual reports, and gathering statistics and facts from the most up-to-date authoritative sources available.
Already subscribed? Then you are able to access updated content and statistics straight away, ahead of publication of our next print edition in November.
Whitaker's 2020 print edition will be published on 14 November 2019. Pre-order your copy of the essential reference book at a 10% discount here.
Interested in a multi-user institutional subscription for your library or organisation? Please contact us with your requirements.
So, exactly what is in Whitaker’s?
A list of who’s who in government and defence, complete listings of government departments, executive agencies, the cabinet and chief whips; the head of the armed forces, the Army, the RAF and the Royal Navy plus all the other top-ranking key defence personnel
A top-down explanation of the complete system of UK governance: how parliament and the devolved administrations work, the structure of local government and a complete listing of all local authorities with details of their chief executives and average council tax
An account of every aspect of the transport, energy, water and communication industries, from car tax to nuclear energy, internet and technology
Profiles of every country of the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, featuring maps, timelines, population statistics and information on the death penalty, heads of state and the embassies
The key calendar information that makes Whitaker’s an ‘almanack’ – dates of religious festivals, the Queen’s official birthday, measurement of time and chapters on astronomy and tides
15 topical reviews of the year including archaeology, theatre, music and weather, written by experts in each area, as well as guides to UK law, education, taxation and stamp duty
Weekly rates and conditions of entitlement to all social security benefits including: Jobseeker’s Allowance, State Pension, Income Support and Statutory Maternity Pay
Sports results, events and records and much, much more….
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  • Whitaker's Britain
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    Whitaker’s Britain draws together some of the key moments from this vast and unique archive.
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    In addition to all such information, herein given in an unusually full and complete manner, the reader will discover other and important features not hitherto easily obtainable.
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What's new?

IN SEPTEMBER. . .

Freshly updated sections include: Law Courts & Offices, Defence (which includes all the top-ranking key personnel for the Army, Royal Navy and RAF), The Royal Family, UK in Figures, International Organisations, Energy, Transport. . . and much, much more!

 

The Cabinet (currently one of the sections available to view for FREE) and Government Departments are up-to-date following the 10 September re-shuffle.

 

The 2018–19 year in review section provides a fascinating historical snapshot of the past year, covering subjects as broad as the arrival of 5G in the Business & Finance article, the activities of environmental campaigners Extinction Rebellion in the Conservation article and the past year’s blockbusters in the Film article.

 

Sports Results includes the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Women's Football World Cup, alongside sports as diverse as indoor bowls, darts, chess and horse racing.

 

All 196 Country profiles are regularly updated with new statistics, election and political information, so always worth a visit to see what's new!