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Ons Figures Expose More Government Figure Fiddling

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SCOTLAND has a hidden public-sector workforce of 110,000 who go unacknowledged in the official government headcount because their work is subcontracted.

Doctors, university staff and contract cleaners and caterers were omitted from last month's Scottish Executive's national staff roll because they technically work in the private sector, although their sole client is the government.

When such people are included, 681,000 Scots now work for the public sector - rather than the 572,000 claimed by the Executive. That equates to 20 per cent of men and 38 per cent of women and is the highest ratio of any non-socialist country.

The Scotsman has obtained unpublished figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing the number of people who categorise themselves as public-sector workers. This different measure is the only means of judging the effect of subcontracting. Doctors, for example, are officially self-employed and do not count as public-sector staff, even though they may work only for the National Health Service. Universities are also at arm's length, even though they are dependent on government money.

Pretty standard stuff from this government... are there any figures they don't fiddle?

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if you add up everyone else like universities/lawyers ect that all make there money from the government, add in the pensioners and the unemployed and the people on the sick ect.

your looking at 3/4 of all households pretty much dependent on government money

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