Alex Fenton

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    Austerity stats: Making sense of cuts and changes to official statistics under the coalition

Austerity stats: Making sense of cuts and changes to official statistics under the coalition

More than four years into the coalition, an interesting picture of “austerity statistics” is emerging. Deciding which statistics might be superfluous involves debates about what official statistics should be measuring and why and for whom they are prepared. This in turn raises question for the role of traditional statistical and social-scientific expertise in government, writes Alex Fenton.

Collecting, analysing and (sometimes) disseminating […]

Falling poverty rates in inner London raise questions about inequality and segregation for a growing city in transition

Falling poverty rates could indicate gentrification, or they could mean that London is now a more fair, socially mixed and cohesive city. Alex Fenton looks at what happened to poor neighbourhoods under New Labour in the 2000s, and argues that shifting rates in poverty fail to tell the whole story. There has been much speculation as to whether the coalition’s […]