Ministers who misuse statistics to mislead voters must pay the price | Peter Wilby

Politicians resign for fake expenses or receiving favours, but not for making false statements. They should be punishedSome years ago, I talked to Andrew Dilnot, then principal of an Oxford college, now head of the UK Statistics Authority. He picked up a copy of the Guardian front page, jabbed his finger at the figure $25bn, […]
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UK house prices again up in May, says Nationwide

Housing market continues to gain pace with 0.4% rise in May according to figures from Nationwide building societyHouse prices increased by 0.4% in May according to figures from Britain’s biggest building society, which said there are “reasons for optimism” that activity will continue to gain momentum,Nationwide’s latest house price index showed the average price of […]
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Cavity wall insulations crash by 97% following green deal introduction

Figures show that only 1,138 installations were completed in April this year, down from 49,650 in April 2012The number of homes installing cavity wall insulation has crashed by 97% since the government’s flagship energy–efficiency scheme was introduced, new figures have revealed.Previous energy-efficiency schemes meant cavity wall insulation – one of the cheapest ways of cutting […]
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Italian machines reject euro

Fresh money troubles for Italy as outdated vending machines spit out 90% of new ‘anti-forgery’ €5 notesIn the grip of its longest recession and battling problems from soaring youth unemployment to bank credit stagnation, the eurozone has more than enough to worry about as it is.But now there are reports of a fresh and rather […]
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UK spends £2bn housing homeless in B&Bs, hostels and shelters

Rising private rents, lack of affordable housing, benefit cuts and low levels of home-building force costly short-term solution, investigation findsThe UK has spent almost £2bn housing vulnerable homeless families in short-term temporary accommodation, according to figures that demonstrate the scale of Britain’s housing crisis.Rising private rents, a shortage of affordable housing and benefit cuts have […]
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TV presenters after 50: which channels hire older women?

New figures published by Harriet Harman show 82% of presenters on TV over the age of 50 are men. Which broadcasters are best and worst?• Get the data• More data journalism and data visualisations from the GuardianA shocking 82% of broadcast presenters over the age of 50 are men, new figures have revealed. The research […]
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Number of first-time buyers taking on mortgages jumps 20%

Council of Mortgage Lenders says 19,100 home loans advanced to new buyers in March, up from 15,900 in FebruaryAmid signs that banks and building societies are becoming increasingly willing to offer larger loans, the number of first-time buyers taking on mortgages leapt by 20% in March, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has said.A total of […]
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House prices rise in April, says Halifax

Prices rose 1.1% over the month and 2% over the year, but significant constraints remain on housing demand, according to the bankHouse prices continued on their upward trajectory in April, partly driven by a big drop in the level of new borrower’s mortgage payments in relation to their income over the past six years, according […]
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House prices fall for first time in seven months

Nationwide figures reveal 0.1% drop in house prices in April but figures still higher than 12 months beforeHouse prices fell by 0.1% in April, the first fall in seven months, but they remained higher than they were 12 months previously, according to the UK’s biggest building society.The figures from the Nationwide put the annual price […]
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