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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Spectator

Complaint:

A man complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a regular column in the magazine had incorrectly claimed that a "BTEC in how to claim the dole" existed, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that one optional task, in one optional section, in one optional module of a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness involved assessing which benefits the student would be entitled to if unemployed, and then discussing how they would feel it they were in that situation, or producing an information sheet to help others in that situation.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the magazine published a further article in which the columnist acknowledged that his previous claim was a "straightforward exaggeration" and explained the basis of his comment, clarifying that this element of the qualification was a non-mandatory option from a wide choice of tasks.

Date Published: 12/11/2012



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