UK policymaking ‘jeopardised by rubbish official statistics’

Treasury select committee chair Andrew Tyrie calls for shakeup of Office for National Statistics

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, has called for sweeping changes to how the UK produces official statistics to improve the quality of economic data.

Chancellor George Osborne should use March’s budget to launch a shakeup of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), urged Tyrie, who recently criticised the body for falling behind its international peers and jeopardising policy decisions with “rubbish” statistics.

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