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UK Statistics Authority

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/08/2010 - 11:47

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Statistics are what ministers say they are

When does management information become official statistics?

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 15/07/2010 - 15:02

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Doing violence to crime statistics

The new Government promised a change: but in the way it is handling statistics, it has so far been a change for the worse.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 14/07/2010 - 10:23

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OBR blunders breach the code

The Office of Budget Responsibility, already in political trouble over changes to unemployment statistics that favoured the Government, could also face charges that it breached the Code of Practi

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 02/07/2010 - 17:13

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Cabinet Office rapped for dodgy figures

The Cabinet Office has had a rap on the knuckles from Sir Michael Scholar, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, over the publication of unvalidated statistics on public sector employment.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 24/06/2010 - 08:35

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The points-based system of immigration: smoke and mirrors

According to Ed Balls, the last Government “brushed immigration under the carpet”, failing to acknowledge that it was an issue that worried Labour supporters.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 02/06/2010 - 11:19

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Are your statistics really necessary?

This week farmers in the UK and Ireland are labouring to complete an agricultural census for the European Union.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 01/06/2010 - 12:35

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Thin pickings from the violent crime statistics

Just how likely is it that you – or your teenage son – will be attacked by a stranger in the street?

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 :: Wed, 21/04/2010 - 08:34

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Pre-release gives the PM a head start

Sue Cameron points out in the Financial Times today that Gordon Brown will see the economic statistics showing whether we are pulling out of recession before tomorrow’s TV debate, wh

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 07/04/2010 - 10:24

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Errors of omission in Home Office statistical releases

There is still room for improvement in the statistical sophistication of Home Office press releases, but very few are as bad as the notorious “knife crime” release issued on 11 December