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Complainant Name:
Judith Shirres

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Judith Shirres complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information regarding an estimate of the economic costs to the UK of immigration.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Immigration costs

We reported (April 15) that David Coleman, an Oxford academic, had "estimated in 2007 that immigrants cost the taxpayer £8.8bn a year". We would like to make clear that this figure was a sum of estimates provided by Professor Coleman in different categories (which may have included some overlap) and, in fact, should have been £7.8bn.

Date Published: 10/06/2011

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