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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

WCA - "Acceptable" error rates - c.f. MOTs

Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance has extolled the virtues of the WCA and accepted a 30+% error rate on the basis that it will slowly get better and there is after all an appeals procedure albeit there is a long queue.

I wonder if the same misclassification rate with the same open-ended commitment to improvement and a long appeal process would be acceptable for say car MOTs.  The analogy would be that 30% of cars on the road had failed the MoT and the safety authorities had appealed the decision, but would not know the outcome for another 9 months. 

I think the MoT test would quickly be written off as useless.

There is no corresponding analogy  for the fact that for  9 months one’s income is cut by 30% currently, 100% soon and then the right to appeal would be removed altogether.

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