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Complainant Name:
Ms Madeleine Morgan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Ms Madeleine Morgan of Altrincham complained that an opinion piece about school leavers contained inaccurate and misleading statistics.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction, in addition to appending it to the online version of the article:

A piece by Toby Young (Work, page 2, April 21) confused income and wealth by stating that when New Labour came to power, the top 1% [of the population] enjoyed an 11% share of the national income. By 2002, that figure had increased to 23%. The bottom 50% of the UK, by contrast, now have to carve up 6% of the national income between them. The figure of 11% is correct but is wrongly compared over time with share of wealth. According to the Office for National Statistics, the share of wealth owned by the top 1% in 1997 was 22%; in 2002 it was 24%. Likewise the figure of 6% refers to wealth [in 2002], not income.

Report: 75

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