Issues Log Archive

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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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September 2016
30 SeptemberThe reporting of international development statistics and statistical pledges, and progress measured against the Millennium Development Goals.
29 SeptemberThe methodology used by NHS Digital to calculate full time equivalent General Practitioner data.
16 SeptemberA query about the design and use of the National Student Survey (NSS)Letter from Ed Humpherson to Professor John MacInnes regarding the National Student Survey

Letter from Professor John MacInnes to Ed Humpherson regarding the National Student Survey
7 SeptemberDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revisions policy for energy consumption statistics, and availability of earlier published editions of statistical releases
1 SeptemberThe reliability of the Labour Force Survey for estimating the number of EU migrants employed in the United Kingdom
August 2016
12 AugustA query about the assessment of the Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England survey.
2 AugustA query regarding the Department of Health's underspend in the previous three years.
July 2016
29 JulyThe timing of the release of the Scottish Survey on Literature and Numeracy (SSLN) publication.
22 JulyThe language used in the English housing survey headline report 2014 to 2015 published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
15 JulyThe reporting of international development statistics and statistical pledges.
13 JulyThe use of the Department of Education's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data in statements made by education ministers.
June 2016
9 JuneThe presentation of the outcome of the Welsh Assembly election in Cardiff Central Constituency in a Welsh Labour publication.
May 2016
31 May College advertising based on the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) national success rates tables.
31 May HM Revenue and Customs publication of statistics on benefits claimed and taxes paid by non-UK EEA nationals. Letter from Ed Humpherson to Michael O’Connor regarding two ad hoc HMRC publications relating to the receipt of tax credits by migrants from EEA countries.
27 May A query about the migration statistics and National Insurance Numbers published by ONS in May.
27 May The accuracy of the 2014-based population projection for Copeland published by ONS as part of the subnational population projections for England.
27 May A query about the production of statistics in the Government leaflet "Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK". Letter from Bernard Jenkin MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding data on UK industry and the EU

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Bernard Jenkin MP regarding data on UK industry and the EU
25 May A query about the economic assumptions made in the report: "HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives on the effect of European Union membership on UK trade". Letter from Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP to Sir Andrew Dilnot regarding HM Treasury Analysis

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP regarding HM Treasury analysis
24 May Error in HM Revenue and Customs' Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK statistics for May 2016. Letter from Ed Humpherson to Sean Whellams regarding an error in HM Revenue and Customs’ Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK

Letter from Sean Whellams to Ed Humpherson regarding an error in HM Revenue and Customs’ Tax Receipts and National Insurance Contributions for the UK
24 May The reporting in the Daily Telegraph of an ONS publication exploring the difference between statistics on long term international migration and HM Revenue and Customs estimates of National Insurance Number allocation to overseas nationals.
19 May Enquiry about how HM Treasury estimated the impact on UK households if the UK were to leave the European Union in the report entitled "HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives".Email from Jack Doyle to the UK Statistics Authority regarding the economic impact of EU membership

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority to Jack Doyle, regarding the economic impact of EU membership
18 May Query about the United Kingdom's financial contributions to the European Union. Letter from Dominic Cummings, Vote Leave to Sir Andrew Dilnot, UK Statistics Authority

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Dominic Cummings regarding UK contributions to the European Union
17 May The accuracy of statements made in the EU Referendum Voting Guide.
13 May The robustness of statistics related to UK benefit and tax credit claims by EEA migrants published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
6 May A query regarding the Vote Leave campaign video entitled "How would you spend £350 million"? Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Dominic Cummings, Campaign Director, Vote Leave regarding UK Contributions to the European Union
4 May Query regarding an MP's interpretation of statistics on income and earnings.
3 May The late release of live tables on the housing market and house prices by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
3 May The accuracy of statements made by the Department of Education about educational attainment.

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