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Complainant Name:
Ms Madeleine Morgan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:

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

Resolution:

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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