Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 06/10/2011 - 14:26

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Good news: you’ll live to 100. Bad news: you’ll be skint

Everybody loves statistics about life expectancy and the ballooning number of centenarians, but is there a risk they could become too much of a good thing?

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 11/08/2011 - 15:18

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UKSA calls for clarity on incapacity benefits

Robert Whiston :: Sat, 26/02/2011 - 16:10

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Does relationship education cut divorce?

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has often cited Norway as an example of how relationship counselling can cut the divorce rate.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 06/01/2011 - 17:35

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Looking forward to your 100th birthday?

Nearly 20 per cent of people alive today in the UK will reach their 100th birthday, the Department of Work and Pensio

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 26/11/2010 - 15:00

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Don't do it again, DWP told

The Department of Work and Pension has been rapped on the knuckles for “serious deficiencies” over statistical claims about the number of people who have never worked (

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 24/11/2010 - 17:08

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How the DWP bends the rules on statistical data

Ministers in the Department of Work and Pensions have devised a new and cunning way of spinning the statistics in order to make political points.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 14/08/2009 - 15:57

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No mystery over unemployment, despite Yvette Cooper

When a minister calls an inquiry the day before key statistics are due to appear, smell a rat. Sniff even harder when the inquiry is leaked to a few journalists, and nothing appears on the departmental website.