U.K.’s ONS May Start Charging to Counter Budget Cut, Times Says

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s Office of National Statistics may start charging for data after the government cut its budget as part of the deficit-reduction plan, the London-based Times reported.

Corporate clients could be charged for access to detailed statistics such as household spending or industry data, the newspaper said, citing Joe Grice, chief economist for the ONS. The office will see its budget cut by 17 percent over the next four years, the Times said.

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