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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2011:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what recent estimate has been made of the number of workless households in (a) Wallasey constituency (b) the Wirral Borough Council area (c) the North West and (d) the UK (33868).
As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty as different samples give different results. These estimates are such that there is 95 per cent certainty from all possible samples that they will lie within the lower and upper bounds.
|Table 1: Number of workless households( 1) in Wallasey, Wirral, the North West and the UK|
|January-December 2009||Estimate||Lower bound( 2)||Upper bound( 2)||Estimate||Lower bound( 2)||Upper bound( 2)|
|(1 )Households containing at least one person aged 16-64, where all individuals aged 16 or over are not in employment. |
(2) 95% confidence interval which means that from all samples possible there would be 95% certainty that the true estimate would lie within the lower and upper bounds.
APS household dataset