From the TUC

Web links for 19th November 2010

19 Nov 2010, by in Web links

  • Full Fact investigates what data are actually available on private sector rents
  • Public Finance reports on research by the House of Commons Library showing that the government’s Pupil Premium (supposedly an indication of their progressive credentials) will “shift … funding from better-funded (generally more deprived) to less well-funded (less deprived) local authorities.” Many schools with large numbers of children from very deprived backgrounds will get less money whilst others, with far fewer deprived pupils, will get substantial increases.
  • The Refugee Council’s briefing shows that most refugee community organisations are worried that council cuts will have a major impact on their communities.
  • Survey research undertaken by Management Today suggests that only 9 per cent of SMEs are planning to take on new staff over the next 3 months, with 6 per cent planning to make redundancies.
  • Left Foot Forward discusses the DWP’s use of statistics over the last 6 months. Today’s papers report that the Secretary of State misled the Commons by claiming that statistics for rents which he had claimed were from the Office for National Statistics were in fact from a property comparison website owned by the owners of the Daily Mail. LFF points to seven other examples and reminds us that the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority has ordered an investigation into the way the DWP uses statistics.