called into question the accuracy of the 2001 Census.
The Statistics Commission, the government-appointed watchdog of the ONS, has
count in the city.
The commission recommended a 2006 recount for all areas that were difficult
to count in 2001 and called for the ONS to revisit Westminster's population
estimates as soon as possible and offer clearer explanations of its methods.
Kit Malthouse, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said:
'The government's own statistics watchdog has agreed with us that the Census
failed in Westminster.
'All our evidence suggests that the Census failed to count thousands of
residents. An independent MORI survey estimated 215,000 residents, council
tax and electoral registers suggest 236,000, school rolls and GP patient
registers have grown since 1991 by 28% and 19% respectively and initial
results from a household matching exercise with the ONS suggest they may
have missed up to 25,000 homes.
'Now, with the publication of this damning report, it is time for the ONS to
stop defending their mistakes and start correcting them. The undercount has
already had a massive impact on funding for key services to the vulnerable
and the education of our children.
'In our opinion, this saga again calls into question the ONS's position as
official statisticians to the Government, especially when the funding of
vital services to millions of people depend on them getting their sums
* Details of the Statistics Commission report here.