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  • Launch yesterday of new platform www.eutariffs.com

    October 19th, 2016

    So this started out in late May when I became annoyed by the virtual non-discussion of import tariffs which we pay as members of the EU Customs Union and Single Market. The project then mushroomed, as I realised there was a lot more to be discovered behind the headline figures of the total numbers of tariffs and what they actually cost.

    So take a look at www.eutariffs.com and please feel free to get in touch if have any suggestions.

    Are all European legal systems fair, independent and equal to our own?

    October 7th, 2016

    To ask the question, is to answer it.

    We are quite extremely fortunate in this country to have a very trustworthy independent Judiciary and Polices Forces, that are civilian in nature, very reluctant to use violence and steeped in the principles of Sir Robert Peel. All of this has evolved over hundreds of years, long before we had full democracy. I keep thinking about this article by Stephen Pollard – The case that shows why we must not stay in the European Arrest Warrant – and I can’t fault it.

    So that was why I was happy to lend the name of the EPC to this publication “Why the UK should Reform or Exit the European Arrest Warrant: Problems and Excesses of the Romanian Anti­-Corruption Fight”, published by The Hampden Trust in association with the Economic Policy Centre and The Freedom Association.

    As the United Kingdom negotiates Brexit and the complex issues that surround legal separation, this report makes an important contribution to the debate by pointing out that not all EU national legal systems are equal in standing or fit for ongoing arrangements of reciprocity in areas such as extradition.

    Focusing on Romania and others in the region, this report points out that there is often a persistent and unacceptable lack of separation between the institutions of politics, the economy, and the secret state in countries such as Romania.

    In judging Romania’s quest for anti­-corruption in recent years, three key international measures ­ the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index 2015, the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report 2015, and the Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom – all suggest that a new approach is urgently required.

    Illustrating that the UK should not ignore non-economic issues relevant to business in its renegotiation with the EU, the report is supported by numerous Parliamentarians including Lords Vinson, Stoddart and Swinfen, as well as Sammy Wilson MP and others such as Alex Deane CC, Dr. Adrian Hilton PhD and the Rev Dr. Peter Mullen PhD.

    My general view is that Brexit should be about pursuing flexible, quicker to agree, bilateral arrangements in trade, diplomacy and the law. And reconsidering the EAW on a country by country basis has to be considered as part of that.

    NB: The Economic Policy Centre, The Freedom Association and The Hampden Trust do not endorse and / or are liable for the contents

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/10/07/are-all-european-legal-systems-fair-independent-and-equal-to-our-own/

    Property prices now updated to August 2016

    October 6th, 2016

    As always, the latest month is incomplete – they usually take a few months to all come through. That’s why we always refresh the whole property price dataset from the beginning of the year when we update, not just the latest month. Crime is currently updated to July, the latest available. We expect the crime data to be available around the middle of the month and will update over a couple of days then.

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/10/06/property-prices-now-updated-to-august-2016/

    Updated to July 2016 for crime and property prices

    October 3rd, 2016

    Actually, we did this some time ago, so don’t rely on these blogs to see where we have got to, just check the latest monthly dates on the site. We are currently running the August 2016 property price update (and refreshing all previous months this year, as they take some time to all come through and are subject to occasional revision). Crime data is not yet available for us to process for August. These days, monthly data is not available for about 6 weeks after the end of that month. So we should have it all done in the 3rd week of October.

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/10/03/updated-to-july-2016-for-crime-and-property-prices/

    Crime data now updated to June 2016

    August 19th, 2016

    We’re also adding new postcodes and have some new features coming, treat will keep you posted.

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/08/19/crime-data-now-updated-to-june-2016/

    Where can you afford to buy and live?

    August 17th, 2016

    I was recently quite inspired by the story of a religious community – Orthodox Jews – and their quest to find affordable housing in the UK, rx moving from North London to Canvey Island where big homes for larger families are affordable. You may think the UK property market is super expensive but the truth is there are still pockets of value if you crunch the data. Here at UKCrimestats we have done that and so have a new free app;

    Just type in your budget for a home, select the type of home and then select the area – postcode district, postcode sector – and a number of other shapes. We have also included the crime data in the results.

    Your feedback most welcome to dan@economicpolicycentre.com

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/08/16/where-can-you-afford-to-buy-and-live/

    Property prices now uploaded for June 2016

    August 1st, 2016

    And going all the way back to January 1995. A gentle reminder too that in England and Wales, viagra sale you type in your postcode to the searchbox and you can see a percentile ranking for your area in terms of how home prices are relative the rest of the country.

    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/08/01/property-prices-now-uploaded-for-june-2016/

    Crime per Hectare – a new metric for subscribers

    July 16th, 2016

    UKCrimeStats is excited to now offer subscribers a new metric – Crime per Hectare. To explain;

    In the history of crime statistics. First came total crime per given area. The shortcoming of this were that areas varied hugely in size and population.

    Then came crime rate – a way of deflating the impact of crime relative to the size of population. This too can vary quite a bit because people don’t stay still and residential and daytime populations particularly in City Centres are hugely different.

    Now we have a new metric that allows you to compare any geospatial shape of any size against another – crime per hectare. We have taken care to capture all surface area calculations so that every area, ed seek not matter how large or small can be compared by crime per hectare. Right now this is available on Postcode Sectors, purchase Postcode Districts, Lower and Middle Super Output Areas – we will roll it out across everything shortly.

    A further iteration we are also working at is Crime Rate per Hectare which should more or less cover all iterations – area, population and total – watch this space.




    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/07/16/crime-per-hectare-a-new-metric-for-subscribers/

    Now with Postcode-matched National Property Price Rankings

    June 27th, 2016

    Understanding how one area in crime and property pricing compares to another only takes you so far. For a decent overview, salve you need to understand where that crime level and those property prices compare at a national level. We now show this on UKCrimeStats.

    Take this random generated postcode DE738JU – just type this or any other postcode for England and Wales into the seardh box and it will take you to a page like this


    Which will tell you with a percentile ranking, viagra sale the average sale price and number of sales over the last 24 months, how that compares nationwide with the other 33,000 lower layer super output areas which the postcode has been matched to.

    Some other work I do at the Institute of Directors, particularly on broadband convinced me that there was a tremendous case for investing in ultrafast broadband to connect up these much cheaper areas of the country to live in. The next decade promises self-driving cars, virtual and enhanced reality presence, the internet of things, cargo-carrying drones and above all, cloud-based services and remote education in abundance. When this happens, I wouldn’t be completely surprised if we start to see a reverse to urban scaling and people choosing to live and work further out from city centres where rents have become stratospheric.




    Article source: http://ukcrimestats.com/blog/2016/06/27/now-with-postcode-matched-national-property-price-rankings/