18 March 2014

MPs criticise DWP for 'spin' on official statistics and benefit claimants

Headline for an article in the Guardian today. Extract:
A report by the MPs warned the DWP to exercise care in the language used in its press releases and ministerial comments to ensure they do not feed into "negative preconceptions and prejudices about people on benefits". It cites examples in the past few months where the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) criticised the use of DWP statistics, including by the secretary of state, Iain Duncan Smith, and Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps.
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