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ARMSTRONG POINTS OUT MISTAKES IN INTERPRETATION OF DEPRIVATION INDEX

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Hilary Armstrong, the local government minister, has complained that a newspaper report on the new index of local d...
Hilary Armstrong, the local government minister, has complained that a newspaper report on the new index of local deprivation has too many mistakes to be ignored.

In a letter to The Guardian (14 April, p23), Ms Armstrong refutes claims that the results have been manipulated to suit areas represented by cabinet ministers.

She says the position of areas is not 'the result of lobbying by non-London authorities'. 'The rankings you quoted are from just one of the five proposed measures. For example, although Sheffield is 90th on this draft measure it is 5th, 6th, 15th, 48th on the other four draft measures.'

The minister says the new index will be based on 33 indicators compared with the 12 that made up the 1998 index. The new index is based on up-to-date information for local wards rather than the previous index which was based on averages across entire cities and boroughs.
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