Data Skills Test

Using data obtained from the Guardian Data Store I chose to present a graph on the fall of the number of pubs in the UK in the last 30 years.

As part of their 2010 General Election manifesto the Labour Party pledged to help protect Britain’s pubs following a significant number of closures as the country descended into recession during the party’s time in office.

The closures were a result of the availability of less disposable income  to the British consumer and with spending plummeting the country’s pubs were the one of the first institutions to suffer.

In truth the Conservatives and Labour parties have overseen a near identical amount of closures during their time in power but with the most dramatic amount taking place in the last four years.

(Click for full-sized image)

Related links:

Guardian Data Store – ‘Labour’s manifesto – Where have all the pubs gone?’

British Beer & Pub Association – ‘Pub closures rise to record 52 a week’

BBC Business – ‘Pubs are closing but who cares’

Download the Labour Party 2010 Manifesto (Pub pledges on page 48)

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