Prejudice leads to lies about benefit cheating

First published in Letters

YOUR anonymous reader TMW (Globe, November 14) rejects my claim, based on Department of Work & Pensions' statistics, that only one-in-200 benefit claimants are cheating.

He argues that "official" statistics cannot be trusted.

He may be unaware that the independent Office for National Statistics has transformed data quality in recent years and aggressively attacked this Government and the last for deliberately misusing such data.

As a result politicians now cannot get away with lying on the basis of "official" data and are often forced to ignore it and to fall back on hand waving, anecdotal evidence and appeals to the popular prejudices of uninformed voters.

When such lying, for ideological reasons, or to push a particular agenda, adversely affects the lives of vulnerable people, it must be exposed and condemned.

Professor D P Gregg (retired),
Spital.

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6:45am Thu 29 Nov 12

don't look back in anger says...

politicians love to use statistics when in their favour, but question them when they're not.
politicians love to use statistics when in their favour, but question them when they're not. don't look back in anger
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