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Letters to the press

On this page are links to letters written to publications correcting inaccuracies or common misconceptions about the Office for National Statistics and its work.

The letters cover the period from the beginning of 2006 to the present day.

For more information, please contact us at info@ons.gsi.gov.uk

2014

National Accounts methodology: The Guardian, 9 April

Letter to The Times, 24 February 2014

Total fertility rates by mother's country of birth

2013

Variant population projections: Daily Mail, 11 December 2013

Response to Daily Mail letter by Roy Friendship-Taylor, 21 October 2013

Reporting launch of Census Consultation, Daily Mail, 23 September 2013

Reporting launch of Census Consultation, Daily Express, 23 September 2013

Integrity of the public sector finances data: Financial Times, 28 February 2013

Deaths in hospital from dehydration: Sunday Times, 10 February 2013

Census data on languages spoken: Daily Express, 31 January 2013

Trade statistics: Financial Times, 29 January 2013

RPI consultation: Financial Times, 26 January 2013

2012

RPI consultation: Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2012

RPI consultation: Sunday Times, 11 November 2012

RPI consultation: Financial Times, 3 November 2012

GDP revisions: The Independent, 19 July 2012

International Passenger Survey: The Guardian website, 16 July 2012

House Price Index, The Times, 18 April 2012

Measuring National Well-being Programme: Financial Times, 10 March 2012

Measuring National Well-being Programme: The Independent, 5 March 2012

Healthcare productivity: The Lancet, 31 January 2012

Healthcare productivity: Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Daily Star, 13 February 2012

Deaths from bedsores: Daily Mail, 31 January 2012

Hospital deaths: Telegraph website, 23 January 2012

Hospital deaths: Daily Mail, January 2012

2011

Time use surveys: Daily Mail, September 2011

Consumer Price Indices: The Observer, 18 September 2011

Births inside and outside marriages and civil partnerships: Daily Mail, 24 August 2011

Non-UK born people in employment: Sunday Times, 14 August 2011

Economic Growth Estimates: Evening Standard, 19 July 2011

Construction output: Financial Times, 9 May 2011 

GDP estimates: Sunday Times, 5 May 2011

Deaths from dehydration: Daily Mail, 31 January 2011

National well-being: Daily Mail website, 10 January 2011

2010

Public sector employment: Daily Mail, 22 October 2010

Integrated Household Survey sexual identity question: Metro, Observer and Independent, 23, 26 and 27 September 2010

Public sector earnings: Daily Mail, 18 June 2010

Revisions to the population estimates: Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010

Preliminary estimate of GDP no ‘guesstimate’: Evening Standard, 23 February 2010

Unemployment figures: The Times, 24 February 2010

Retail sales figures: The Independent, 20 February 2010

2009

Preliminary estimate of GDP: The Times, 30 October 2009

2011 Census proposed questions:  The Independent, Daily Mail and Daily Express, 26 and 29 October 2009

Baby Names: Daily Mail, 10 September 2009  

Public sector finances: Financial Times, 8 July 2009

Measurement of inflation: Financial Times, 27 June 2009

2008

Retail Sales: Independent on Sunday, 19 October 2008

Retail Sales: The Times, 17 October 2008

Centenarians: Daily Mail, 1 October 2008

Retail Sales: The Independent, 29 August 2008

Older workers: Daily Express, 25 August 2008

Retail Sales figures: Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2008

MigrationWatch analysis: Daily Mail, 6 June 2008 

Retail Sales figures: Financial Times, 16 May 2008

Integrated Household Survey: letters to Mail on Sunday, 20 April 2008, Daily Mail, 21 April 2008 and Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2008

Closure of the Family Records Centre: Southport Visitor, 14 March 2008

Inflation figures: Daily Mail, 10 January 2008

2007

Birth certificates: Mail on Sunday, 23 August 2007 

Ordering certificates on the Internet: The Times, 16 August 2007

Average Earnings Index and Average Weekly Earnings: Financial Times, 31 May 2007

Registration Online: The Times, 3 May 2007

2006

The "real" rate of inflation: Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2006

Survey confidentiality: Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2006

2011 Census tick-box for ''English'' national identity: Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2006 and Daily Mail, 15 March 2006

Health Service productivity: The Economist, 8 March 06

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