The biggest council CCTV spenders per resident: Westminster… then Tamworth

Big Brother Watch’s newly-released data on £515m of council CCTV spending between 2007 and 2011 (covered by my colleague Sade Laja on Guardian Government Computing) is even more interesting when combined with population numbers. Obviously, camera spending per capita is not a perfect measure, as some areas clearly have security needs beyond those of their immediate populations. This would help to explain why Westminster is the biggest spender per head of population: £46.75 over the last four years, compared to a UK average of £8.27.
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Oxbridge applications mapped: London and the south east dominate

Red: constituencies with more than 100 Oxbridge applications in 2011. Pink: 75-99 Oxbridge applicants. Yellow: 50-74 applicants. Green: 25-49 applicants. Blue: 24 applicants or fewer. Click on a dot for rank and number of applicants from that constituency, and to tweet individual results. Locations are now based on the middle of each constituency, thanks to Guardian Datastore.

Where do applicants for Oxford and Cambridge universities come from? According to data from Ucas, the top locations are Oxford, Cambridge – and, in far greater numbers, many parts of London. Continue reading “Oxbridge applications mapped: London and the south east dominate”