Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Call for More Independent Statistics

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Call for More Independent Statistics

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Ministers will retain a stranglehold on much of the most politically charged official data unless the government creates a truly independent statistical service, senior backbench MPs are warning.

Treasury sub-committee members say the current proposals to give the Office for National Statistics independence from government are not enough on their own to tackle 'worryingly low' public trust in statistics, because the ONS is responsible for just 250 of the 1,450 official datasets produced.

The remainder, which include statistics on contentious issues such as NHS waiting times and criminal conviction rates for different ethnic groups, are produced by individual departments and would not be covered by the new arrangements unless the relevant minister agreed to K. …

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