Watchdog criticises lack of clarity and context
The UK Statistics Authority’s (UKSA) has written to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggesting risks associated with different occupations lacked clarity and context to be used properly.
It also wrapped ONS over the knuckles for failing to respond properly to concerns raised about its analysis on schools – which was ‘misinterpreted’ by the Tories to falsely claim schools were safe:
Teachers and other school staff have now been shown to have suffered far higher infection rates than the general population.
For months the Tories claimed there was no greater risk.
Deaths will certainly have occurred as a result of the misrepresented data, among school staff, pupils, their families and in the wider population, as schools drove the second and third waves of the pandemic higher.
The Tories have not published data on deaths among school staff since June, when nearly 200 had died.
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