The UK Statistics Authority is concerned that recent political and media debate about trends in violent crime has misrepresented the data and is, therefore, damaging trust in official statistics. We have looked in particular at comparisons between recorded violent offences in the late 1990s and 2008/09 which have been the subject of recent controversy in the national media. We regard a comparison, without qualification, of police recorded statistics between the late 1990s and 2008/09 as likely to mislead the public.
Sir Michael Scholar, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, has today written to the Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Chris Grayling MP. Sir Michael’s letter and an accompanying Monitoring and Assessment Note are reproduced below. The Note sets out the Statistics Authority’s views in more detail.
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