According to some news aricles this week, South African women are deliberately drinking heavily in order to disable their unborn children, in order to claim relatively generous disability benefits.
As MPs prepare to vote over the Government's plans to cap rises to certain working age benefits and tax credits, newspapers and commentators have been circulating figures on who will be hit hardest as a result of the changes.
2012 was the year that:
Kelvin MacKenzie berated lazy Northerners, alleging that the UK would have an economy like Ethopia's without London and the South East (actually, we'd be ranked with Canada or that BRIC powerhouse, India);
The Spectator told its readers that there was a qualification in "how to claim the dole" (something of an exaggeration);
(This article has now been updated. Please see below.)
A Very Short Introduction To Fracking
What is fracking?
Fracking or ‘hydraulic fracturing’ is the process by which natural gas is extracted from subterranean (usually shale) sediments.
Employment is up 41,000 on quarter from 29.56m to 29.6m (44,000 thanks to Full Time employment)
Employment is up 499,000 since last year from 29.1m to (211,000 thanks to Full Time employment)
Employment is 759,000 higher since General Election from 28.84m
Employment rate is 71.2%, slightly higher than at General Election (70.3%)
[Source: “2011 Census, Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales”, ONS (published 11 December 2012)]
In March 2011, the population of England and Wales was 56.1 million, a seven per cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001.
In 2011, 86 per cent of the population (48.2 million) described their ethnicity as White.
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