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"There is now a broad recognition that available estimates of migrant numbers are inadequate for managing the economy, policies and services."
LETTER FROM KAREN DUNNELL, NATIONAL STATISTICIAN
IN MAY 2006 TO FOUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

"We plan to investigate some of the issues raised by Slough and others through a major new programme of work - the Improving Migration and Population Statistics Project (IMPS)."

LETTER FROM GLEN WATSON,
DIRECTOR SOCIAL REPORTING & ANALYSIS GROUP,
OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS TO LINDSAY BELL,
DIRECTOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE DIRECTORATE DCLG

"Southwark has a clear case to make about the difficulty of funding effective provision within the current Whitehall funding regime. Many parts of the central grant system are flawed and this leaves places like Southwark, with their rapidly-changing population, vulnerable. Services such as adults social care are especially exposed."

TONY TRAVERS, DIRECTOR GREATER LONDON GROUP,
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS 16TH MAY 2008.

"In what often appeared to be a personal spat between Westminster City Council and national statistician, Len Cook, from the ONS was forced to admit that some of their data was wrong."

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE, 27 AUGUST 2004

"High profile reporting of recent incidents such as RPI and Westminster Census data is seen to have been publicised in the media to such an extent that scepticism in data collection is seen as rife."

STATISTICS COMMISSION:
PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN OFFICIAL STATISTICS NOVEMBER 2004