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Complainant Name:
Mr Bruce Elliott

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Mr Bruce Elliott complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have inaccurately stated that two-thirds of millionaires had left Britain following the introduction of a 50p tax rate. In fact the statistical drop in the number of people earning an annual income of over £1m reflected not just those who had left the country but those who had reduced their taxable incomes through "forestalling".


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, published alongside the amended article online:

When this article was first posted it said that two-thirds of the country's million-pound earners left or disappeared from Britain to avoid the 50p levy. It should have stated that they disappeared from official statistics; the article has been amended accordingly.

Date Published: 07/01/2013

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