date: 26 November 2010
embargo: for immediate release
Commenting on the news today (Friday) that the UK Statistics Authority has rebuked the Department for Work and Pensions for 'serious deficiencies' in its handling of worklessness data, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'The government is making radical changes to the welfare and benefits system, and many deserving people face cuts in vital support.
'Yet in an area that requires the most sensitive research, it looks as if ministers are searching for facts that suit their case - and if they don't, making them up as they go along.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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Issued: 26 November, 2010