Minister and statisticians responsible for overseeing police-recorded crime figures have been accused of being "too passive" by a group of MPs.
A report published today claims the Home Office, Office for National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority have "repeatedly missed opportunities" to safeguard the quality of crime statistics recorded by the police.
Comments made last year by former Metropolitan Police officer James Patrick initially sparked concerns over the reliability of crime figures. He claimed that massaging crime figures to meet performance targets was an "engrained part of policing culture".
People in London and the West Midlands are less satisfied with their lives and more anxious than those in other areas of the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics. The data, released today, is part of a programme to measure national well-being.