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Rishab Mehan and Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 26/04/2010 - 09:12

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Immigration: a debate crippled by a lack of accurate data

Immigration has emerged as one of the major themes of the election, and one of the few where there are clear dividing lines between the parties.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 06/04/2010 - 16:52

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No help for voters from the official statisticians

Now that a General Election has been called, can we expect the Office for National Statistics to bombard  us with useful summaries to help us make up our minds? Alas, no.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 09/03/2010 - 15:30

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The 2011 Census: will the count be complete?

 Worries that the 2011 Census will miss its targets are spelled out in an new assessment report

Hamish Birchall :: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:45

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Public Health shock: Scots match English for healthy life expectancy

What would it take to narrow the gap in life expectancy between Scotland and England? A revolution in Scottish eating habits, most experts might say.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 02/03/2010 - 15:24

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GDP growth: up and down at the same time

“Services growth in December pushes up GDP estimate” was the headline on ONS’s press release announcing last week’s revised estimate of GDP in the final quarter of 2009.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 02/02/2010 - 12:31

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Is Britain really drowning in booze?

Everybody knows that drinking in the UK is out of control, driven by a combination of feckless consumers and complacent supermarkets offering cheap deals. But is everybody right?

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 02/02/2010 - 09:43

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We're usually right, claims the ONS

ONS has defended its estimates of GDP growth, which have been attacked by economists as excessively gloomy.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sun, 31/01/2010 - 15:06

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UK Statistics Authority spells out priorities

 The UK Statistics Authority has issued its pre-election wish-list in a letter from the authority’s Chair, Sir Michael Scholar (pictured), to the leaders of the major political par

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 19/01/2010 - 16:21

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Official Statistics: are the old cannier, or just more cynical?

In December the Financial Times published a Harris survey of the public's confidence in national statistics across five European countries and the USA.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 30/12/2009 - 14:18

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Nobody believes UK statistics

British doubts over the reliability of official statistics are greater than ever, according to a survey publi