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  1. FT Data

    August 14, 2014

    New inflation measure loses kitemark status

    (c) Getty Images With housing never off the front pages, you’d expect housing statistics to be an area Britain would excel....

  2. FT Data

    July 30, 2014

    Doctor's orders

    In news that will delight statisticians everywhere the distinction between the mean and the median finally has the political...

  1. March 7, 2014

    The care conundrum – how to pay for your old age

    Longer lives are perhaps the greatest achievement of the past 50 years. Lives that, on average, see men and women carried...

  2. February 7, 2014

    Flood spending statistics give ‘false impression’

    The statistics watchdog has criticised a Treasury chart for giving voters a “false impression” about the scale of investment...

  3. Westminster Blog

    February 7, 2014

    Coalition criticised by stats authorities for giving “false impression” of flood investment

    Sir Andrew Dilnot, the head of the UK Statistics Authority, has concluded that the government may have given a misleading...

  4. January 22, 2014

    Insurers dash government hopes of early products for elderly care

    Insurers have dashed government hopes of early products covering the cost of long-term care for the elderly, undermining one...

  5. Westminster Blog

    December 12, 2013

    The problem with Treasury infrastructure charts

    There was an exchange in the Commons this week between Danny Alexander and former Labour Treasury minister John Healey over...

  6. FT Data

    November 18, 2013

    Preview: A History of Britain in Numbers

    The new radio series from Sir Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, is an entertaining, accessible look at...

  7. September 10, 2013

    Care reforms will fail, says report

    Government reforms designed to protect the elderly from the potentially “catastrophic” costs of long-term care will fail to...

  8. July 19, 2013

    Welfare and the Tinker Bell policy

    ‘The benefit cap starts being introduced across the country today, restoring fairness to the welfare state . . . with the...

  9. June 28, 2013

    Steep bills ahead for care

    When the Royal baby is born next month, he or she will belong to a generation where one in three people is expected to...

  10. June 14, 2013

    Andrew Dilnot turned statistics into entertainment

    Andrew Dilnot, who is knighted, has brought his ultra-sharp economics brain to two of the biggest conundrums facing UK...

  11. June 14, 2013

    Queen’s birthday honours list gets back to business

    Michael Hintze, the hedge fund boss and Conservative party donor, has been created a knight in the Queen’s birthday honours...

  12. May 16, 2013

    Statistics watchdog announces review of inflation measure

    The UK Statistics Authority announced a fundamental review of the measurement of inflation on Thursday, following its...

  13. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Limit on cost of care for elderly set at £72,000

    Plans to impose a ceiling on the sums elderly and disabled people have to pay for social care were confirmed in Wednesday’s...

  14. February 25, 2013

    Commons committee criticises use of data

    The government’s use of official statistics is undermining public confidence in the data, a group of MPs has said. Ministers...

  15. February 11, 2013

    Dilnot defends government care plan

    Andrew Dilnot has defended the government’s £1bn-a-year plan to limit the cost of care for the elderly on Monday, saying he...

  16. February 10, 2013

    Long-term care funding plan criticised

    A £1bn-a-year plan that will set a lifetime limit on the sums elderly people must pay for care risks backfiring after...

  17. February 8, 2013

    Inheritance tax thresholds to be frozen

    George Osborne is to freeze inheritance tax thresholds to help fund sweeping reforms to elderly care. After months of...

  18. FT Alphaville

    February 1, 2013

    Weekender

    This week on FT Alphaville… - We made a video asking whether robots would take all the jobs. - NGDP targeting became...

  19. February 1, 2013

    Watchdog warns Cameron over debt claims

    David Cameron has been given a warning by the statistics watchdog over the prime minister’s false claim that the UK...

  20. FT Alphaville

    February 1, 2013

    He isn't the Prime Minister, he's a very naughty statistician, part two

    Andrew Dilnot strikes again: The UK Statistics Authority’s grim avenger has (indirectly) told off Prime Minister David...

  21. January 6, 2013

    Elderly promised ‘dignity in old age’

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg will set out plans on Monday to overhaul social care for the elderly and of state pensions,...

  22. January 6, 2013

    Cameron sets out reform agenda

    David Cameron claimed on Sunday the coalition had “a full tank of gas”, as he prepares to set out plans for the rest of the...

  23. January 2, 2013

    Stage set for welfare reform battle

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to put big welfare reforms at the heart of next week’s coalition midterm relaunch, setting...

  24. December 5, 2012

    Time stands still for Osborne

    Since delivering his first Budget in June 2010 time appears to have stood still for George Osborne and the economy. Two...

  25. October 26, 2012

    Osborne accused of barring care reform

    George Osborne, the chancellor, was accused on Friday of blocking laws to reform the way Britain cares for the elderly,...

  26. October 25, 2012

    UK growth signals move out of recession

    Britain’s double-dip recession has ended after the economy grew in the third quarter at a rapid rate that surprised...

  27. September 24, 2012

    NHS bodies seek more funding for elderly

    NHS bodies have called for £2bn of extra annual spending to safeguard care for the elderly, warning that “the basic social...

  28. September 21, 2012

    Treasury accused of ‘blocking’ care plan

    Plans to help elderly people with large care bills to prevent them having to sell their homes are being blocked by the...

  29. FT Data

    September 19, 2012

    Housing market stats: not quite as safe as houses

    The Office for National Statistics has expressed concern over the quality and timeliness of some official housing market...

  30. September 5, 2012

    Statisticians face hard facts

    Statisticians are accustomed to presenting ministers and senior officials with hard facts, but at the annual gathering of...

  31. August 17, 2012

    Long term care cap resurrected

    The government is resurrecting plans to limit the cost of long-term care, but financial advisers warn that mixed messages...

  32. August 1, 2012

    Families face long-term care burden

    People must take more responsibility for the long-term care needs of their families rather than always relying on formal...

  33. July 11, 2012

    Campaigners left disappointed on social care

    Campaigners for a radical overhaul of social care funding were left disappointed on Wednesday as the health secretary made...

  34. July 11, 2012

    Q and A: Social Care

    What does the current system look like? Local authorities provide support to those whose income and assets, including their...

  35. July 11, 2012

    Ministers back cap on social care costs

    Ministers signalled on Wednesday that a scheme to cap the sums people have to pay towards nursing home fees could be watered...

  36. July 9, 2012

    Tory targets pensioner benefits

    The Conservatives should stop giving free bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel payments to better-off pensioners if the...

  37. July 8, 2012

    Elderly at centre of funding struggle

    As government departments gear up for an epic battle over the shrinking public sector spending pot, the ageing population is...

  38. July 8, 2012

    Dilnot review to open NHS funding row

    David Cameron, prime minister, will fight the next election promising real-terms increases for the NHS, both health and...

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