Government accused of misleading voters on benefit stats

Tue, 16/04/2013 - 12:20 -- nick

The government has been accused of misleading voters in the way it quotes statistics on benefits.

Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Portes and Declan Gaffney believe both Ian Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Grant Shapps, the Conservative party Chairman, have misled the public.

Portes and Gaffney write "these misrepresentations of official statistics cross a line between legitimate "spin", where a government selects the data that best supports its case, and outright inaccuracy."

They do not believe these instances are mistakes, but believe the ministers' statements are "not just misleading: they assert that official government statistics say things they do not."

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