England & Wales

Bad stats

I’ve blogged earlier about the problems that hysterical reporting of the Spending Review is causing for councils. The trade press has taken a far more measured tone. This, however, is a bit disappointing. The usually excellent MJ reports that “almost three-quarters of councils are planning to hike up service fees“. But the polling in fact said that that only “30 per cent of respondents believed income from services would ‘increase a great deal’ over the next three years”. So where does the three-quarters figure come from? By adding on the 42% who said that “they expected income from fees to ‘increase a little’”. You’d have to say that this is a little bit of a stretch.