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Shapps accused of misusing housing data

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey has accused housing minister Grant Shapps of a “consistent misrepresentation and misuse” of official housing and homelessness data.

Dromey has lodged a complaint with the UK Statistics Authority against Shapps, claiming his “casual attitude” to facts and figures is confusing the public and obstructing public debate.

In his letter to the UK Statistics Authority, he lists six examples of occasions were he alleges Shapps has misused data.

One such example is regarding a claim Shapps made in May about the number of affordable homes built between May 1997 and May 2010.

Shapps claimed only 270,000 affordable homes were built during this period but Dromey says the actual figure is close to 500,000.

He has called for the UK Statistics Authority to carry out a formal assessment  of the statistics produced by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Tenant Services Authority.

However, Shapps has dismissed Dromey’s claims as an “incomprehensible rant”.

Shapps says: “Not only did his government fail to build more homes, despite the apparent good times, but they actually introduced programmes designed to destroy entire neighbourhoods

“Their housing market renewal programme bulldozed 10,000 homes, whilst only replacing 1,000. So just to be clear, no one did more to destroy our nation’s homes since the Luftwaffe bombs of World War II.”

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  1. It would appear that Jack Dromey has scored a direct hit against Grant Shapps.

    Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies – would assert that Shapps has lost the argument !!!

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