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More confusion about median income

The government is proposing, not for the first time, to change the signposts that are used to warn us if child poverty is getting worse.  The most commonly used indicator in Europe, the “risk of poverty”, is based on “economic distance”, judged as 60% of the median income.  372 more words


Local Plan - is Cornwall Council withholding evidence?

In his note to Cornwall Council following the examination of the Local Plan the other week the Government’s planning inspector, Simon Emerson wrote the following … 315 more words

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Spanish property trend - Quarter 1 2015

Official statistics show that the Spanish housing market has experienced continuous growth for five consecutive months (year-on-year), and in ten out of the last eleven months. 277 more words


UK statistics – will it be an open data failure?

The open data map I produced on 10 May showed that the coalition government had been busy with public sector open data. It set up many initiatives to open up data and it felt great at times – there was certainly fantastic ambition. 1,064 more words

Even bigger boom and bust!

Gordon Brown and Ed Balls, architects of the pre-2007 mantra of “no return to boom and bust“, have left Parliament, and the contenders for the Labour leadership are busily reinventing their economic policy, so it’s only appropriate that the latest statistics reinvent the economic history! 457 more words

“slashed” = “little changed”

According to the Evening Standard today, the Bank of England’s growth forecast has been slashed and the inflation forecast is little changed. The former has been cut by 0.3 percentage points in 2016 and the latter by 0.4 points. 389 more words

Election fact checking

There was a very good event organised by The Alliance for Useful Evidence last week at Nesta. The details are here.

I asked a question – mainly as I felt that UKSA and IFS were being a bit too self righteous when they were doing little to help at the sharp end of data misinterpretation by press and politicians. 424 more words