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Monday, 3 October 2016

TUESDAY 11th of October; Britain'sMisleading Benefit Statistics: Dr David Webster's Talk to the Royal Statistics Society


I will be chairing this talk next week as a local committee member of the RSS. Members of our grass roots organisations are particularly invited to attend. The talk will be non technical and I'm anticipating plenty of discussion of political and social issues as well as a few numbers. Tea will be served on the ground floor from 5.30. And the talk will be held at 6 in the fourth floor lecture theatre. Please do not feel daunted by the lofty name of our Society. We are all ordinary, well meaning people.

“Britain's Misleading Benefit Sanctions Statistics”
Venue:  ICMS
Address: 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
Date: Tue, 11 October
Tea & coffee available from 17:30pm; talk between 18:00-19:00.

Speaker: Dr David Webster (Honorary Senior Research Fellow)
Affiliation: School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Title: Britain's Misleading Benefit Sanctions Statistics
This presentation will explain and discuss the main misleading features of the DWP’s published benefit sanctions statistics and their presentation, drawing on the author’s successful complaint to the UK Statistics Authority in July 2015. These particularly concern understatement of the scale of sanctions, and missing information. These statistics offer a striking illustration of the way official statistics can be abused to present a politically loaded picture, without any actually false statements being made. There will also be a brief look at the problems involved in attempting to make a definitive assessment of the severity of the sanctions regime since 1996 under JSA compared with previous regimes.

This is a free event open to everyone. Your registration would be useful for the organisers to know how many people are likely to attend, so please complete the registration below.

Many thanks,
Jiayi Liu
Secretary of the Edinburgh local group of the Royal Statistical Society

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