Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Kate Allen

by Kate Allen and Hannah Kuchler

Food-related law enforcement, that’s how.

On the face of it, the UK has a fairly strict food hygiene and safety system. But the rapidly-widening horsemeat scandal has prompted questions about the effectiveness of the UK’s food law enforcement systems. And a look at performance data collected by the the Food Standards Agency shows a picture of falling sampling and lower staffing levels.

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Kate Allen

Yesterday’s housebuilding data painted a bleak picture. Last year was the worst for housebuilding starts since 2009, which was itself pretty uniquely awful.

It’s worth emphasising this point – since 2009 housebuilding activity has been at the lowest levels since the second world war. Just look at this:

Housing completions England Read more