Issues Log

This is a running record of statistical matters that have been raised with the UK Statistics Authority. They are either matters on which concern has been expressed directly, or to which the Authority’s attention has been drawn. Inclusion in the list does not necessarily mean that the Authority shares the concern, nor does it indicate a commitment to further action by the Authority, although some of these matters will be followed up.

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February 2017
9 February
Leak of management information on Accident and Emergency admissions data.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Ed Smith regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Sir Malcolm Grant regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Noel Gordon regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data
2 February
Query regarding a press release published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the Benefit Cap.
2 February
The omission of statistics regarding male rough sleepers in the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Mark Brooks concerning the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report

Letter from Mark Brooks to the UK Statistics Authority concerning the Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2016 report
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January 2017
27 January
Enquiry regarding correspondence about mortality statistics in respect of out-of-work benefit claimants.
20 January
Query regarding house building targets and the Government's use of the 'net addition ' measure of housing supply.
Letter from Rt Hon John Healey MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding house building targets

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Rt Hon John Healey MP regarding house building targets
20 January
Query about the UK Statistics Authority issues log.
11 January
Reference made to a leaked NHS Improvement document on Accident and Emergency admissions in a BBC news article.
10 January
The use of homelessness statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government in a press notice and parliamentary debate.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Baroness Grender regarding homelessness statistics
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December 2016
20 December
The robustness of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statistics on the number of deaths per year associated with air pollution in the United Kingdom.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Ken Roy regarding Defra statistics on the number of deaths associated with air pollution in the UK.
16 December
Concerns regarding the use of pupil data collected through the school census by the Department for Education.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jen Persson regarding the use of pupil data collected through the school census.

Letter from Jen Persson to the UK Statistics Authority regarding concerns over public datasets at the Department or Education
8 December
A revision made to text within the Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2015-16 statistical report published by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Roger Halliday regarding Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2015-16

Letter from Roger Halliday to Ed Humpherson regarding the Student Awards Agency for Scotland statistics report
6 December
Concerns regarding the Government consultation on 'Schools that work for everyone', and a Tweet issued by the Department for Education stating 'The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is virtually eliminated in selective schools'.
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November 2016
24 NovemberA complaint about the possible misuse of official statistics on the 'School Cuts' website published by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
23 November
Concerns raised about the ethnic diversity statistics for religious free schools in the Department of Education Green Paper, 'Schools that work for everyone'.
Letter from Iain Bell to Ed Humpherson on religious free schools.

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Iain Bell regarding statistics on religious free schools
17 November
A query about the use of statistics in The Times headline article "95% of new workers are foreigners".
10 November
Concerns raised about a Tweet from the Department for Education comparing the proportion of ‘white working class boys’ going to universities from grammar and comprehensive schools.
Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jonathan Slater regarding a Tweet published by the Department for Education
9 November
Concerns raised about the data on pesticide usage on arable crops based on surveys carried out by Kynetec for the Pesticide Usage Statistics produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
1 November
Concern raised about Government statements that the NHS budget will increase in real terms by £10 billion during this parliament.
Letter from Dr Mark Porter to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding NHS Funding

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Dr Mark Porter regarding NHS Funding
1 November
Statements made by the prime minister and ministers that the NHS budget will increase in real terms by £10 billion over the next five years.
Letter from Jonathan Ashworth MP to Andrew Dilnot regarding NHS Funding

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jonathan Ashworth MP regarding NHS Funding
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October 2016
12 OctoberDepartment for Education correspondence to National Pupil Database users requesting access to research 48 hours in advance of its publication.Letter from Iain Bell to Ed Humpherson regarding Access to Education Attainment Data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Iain Bell regarding Access to Education Attainment Data
7 October Query relating to statements about NHS Trusts standards in the Secretary of State for Health's speech at the Conservative party conference on 4 October 2016.Letter from Ed Humpherson to Chris Wormald regarding the Secretary of State for Health’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference

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