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Barometer | 18 January 2018

Also in Barometer: Britain’s biggest corporate failures; rough-sleeping blackspots; forests of statistics

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Big losers

Construction company Carillion collapsed with debts of £1.5 billion. How does that compare with other UK corporate failures?

Overend Gurney & Co, a bank, collapsed in 1866 with £4 million in liabilities (£400 million at today’s prices).

Polly Peck failed after a fraud probe with £100 million in debts (£217 million).

Barings Bank failed in 1995 after rogue trader Nick Leeson ran up £827 million of losses (£1.55 billion).

MG Rover failed in 2005, leaving behind £1.4 billion of debt (£2 billion).

Northern Rock was saved in 2007 after the government provided emergency loans to the tune of £27 billion (£35.7 billion).

Rough areas

A petition called for homeless people not to be removed from the streets of Windsor for the royal wedding in May. Which areas have the most recorded rough sleepers?

LOCAL AUTHORITY

NUMBER

Westminster

260

Brighton and Hove

144

Cornwall

99

Manchester

78

Luton

76

Bristol

74

Forest of statistics

Plans to plant a 62,000-hectare forest across the north of England were announced. How do we compare with Europe for trees?

UK FOREST COVER

Overall

13%

England

10%

Scotland

18%

Wales

15%

Northern Ireland

8%

EUROPE’S MOST DENSELY FORESTED

Finland

73%

Sweden

68%

Spain

37%

Germany

33%

Italy

32%

France

31%

Women on top

Which organisations have a ‘reverse’ pay gap — they pay men less than women?

EMPLOYER

MALE/FEMALE DIFFERENTIAL

Yellow Dot Ltd

-80.6%

Arnold Clark Finance

-15%

Campbells Prime Meat Ltd

-13.1%

Hambleton District Council

-12.1%

Diageo GB Ltd

-9.8%

Commission for Equality

and Human Rights

-8.2%

Biffa Environmental

Municipal Services

-5.7%

SSE Energy Supply Ltd

- 3.8%