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24 May 2012

Do crime statistics mask a growing problem with anti-social behaviour?

Daily Mail columnist Peter Hitchens sparked controversy today when he urged Today programme listeners to ignore crime statistics, because they ignored a rising problem with anti-social behaviour. Does he have …

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24 May 2012

Was Harriet Baldwin wrong on workless households?

Conservative MP Harriet Baldwin claimed that one in four adults was in a workless household, and that the number of workless households had doubled under the previous Labour government. Was …

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24 May 2012

Do politicians interfere with crime statistics?

Peter Hitchens advised listeners to this morning's Today Programme to mistrust crime statistics. Might that be good advice?

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23 May 2012

Prisoner voting: what does European Court's judgment mean for the UK?

On Tuesday, the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) added another judgment to the prisoner voting saga, promting anger from many of the morning's papers. Anyone …

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22 May 2012

Evening Standard incorrectly reports a drop in the cost of living

Today's Evening Standard carries a very misleading headline. Reporting on the fall in the CPI rate of inflation from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent, the paper's headline claimed …

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22 May 2012

Is there no link between police numbers and crime levels?

This week in the House of Commons Policing Minister Nick Herbert was asked for his assessment of the effect of the change in police numbers on the level of crime …

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22 May 2012

Have 1 in 5 households really never worked?

Labour MP Frank Field has claimed that one in five unemployed households contain a member who has never had a job. He has also claimed that one in five households …

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22 May 2012

Does alcohol cause 1 in 8 deaths before retirement?

Many newspapers and websites reported last week that one in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 65 were caused by alcohol. The Mail, for example, claimed that …

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21 May 2012

Are councils owed £465 million in residential care fees?

The Times reports that councils are owed £465 million in residential care fees. Are the figures in the article accurate, and does it matter?

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21 May 2012

Does immigration cost British workers jobs?

Newsnight last week considered the impact of immigration on the number of jobs going for young people. But are rising youth unemployment and increasing numbers of foreign born workers in …

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17 May 2012

Is an illegal immigrant reported to the authorities every six minutes?

According to several papers today a new 'hotline' for the public to report suspicions about illegal immigrants has been flooded with calls, with one allegation made every six minutes. Is …

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17 May 2012

Did Labour lift one million households out of fuel poverty?

The Energy Secretary and his Shadow debated the Government's plans for tackling fuel poverty yesterday. But is Labour's Caroline Flint "not living in the real world" for thinking that the …

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