Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An example of Polly Toynbee's accuracy

Polly Toynbee recently wrote an article in the Guardian suggesting that "David Cameron's localism" e.g. the attempt by the government to give more discretion to local councils, was a front for an attempt to cut local services and hammer the poor.

One of her examples was the allegation that attempts to reform council tax benefit would, according to the Institute of Fiscal studies, cost residents of the London Borough of Haringay £38 per week.

The paper had to correct her article a few days later: the IFS had actually said that it would cost them  was £38 per year - one fiftieth as much.

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