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Migration and welfare benefits

Most non-EU nationals who are subject to immigration control are not allowed access to "public funds" (such as jobseekers' allowance or tax credits), although they can use public services like ...

Would restricting in-work benefits to EU migrants reduce immigration?

Sir Stephen Nickell has said that restricting access to benefits wouldn't have much impact on EU immigration, Iain Duncan Smith says it would.

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4 February's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We checked the Question Time panel's claims about migrants' benefits, Norway and the EU, English speakers, and the Northern Powerhouse.

Humanitarian aid to Syria in 2015

In 2015 the UN got half the money it said it needed to deal with the crisis in Syria. Of that money, half was from the US, UK, and Germany.

Net migration is at a record high, but it's not 380,000

Former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson was on Radio 4 Today discussing immigration.

Cancer, waiting lists and refugee children: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on cancer patients, NHS performance and refugee children.

Universal Credit: will it "make work pay"?

There have been conflicting claims over whether Universal Credit will "make work pay".

Do black workers face a widening pay gap the more qualifications they earn?

There’s evidence of an overall pay gap, but the relationship between qualifications and pay is complicated.

Just under half of migrants and asylum seekers who've crossed into Europe are Syrian

The Foreign Secretary has been reported as saying that less than half of migrants are fleeing Syria.

Lord Neuberger on veils in court

Newspaper reports of what Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, thinks about women wearing veils in court are right—unlike the last time around.

'The judge who dared to tell the truth'?

Immigrants, benefits, and what the judge actually said about Calais.

28 January's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We factchecked the Question Time panel's claims on Google, taxes, refugees, the railways, and what the polls tell us about the EU referendum.

Is Google paying 3% tax?

The debate is over what counts as Google's "economic activity" in the UK.

How much of our energy comes from wind? MPs disagree

While debating the Energy Bill, MPs disputed each other’s statistics on how much of the UK’s electricity comes from wind turbines.

Would net migration fall by 100,000 if the UK left the EU?

There’s no way to know whether net migration would fall by 100,000 if the UK leaves the EU.

Corporation Tax, the deficit, and the 'bedroom tax': factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on Corporation Tax, today's court ruling on the 'bedroom tax', and the deficit.

The ruling on the 'bedroom tax'

The Court of Appeal says that the so-called 'bedroom tax' discriminates against two particular groups of people. This doesn't spell the end of the policy.

Where does the EU export to?

The UK is the EU’s largest single export market in goods, if you treat the UK as if it were outside the EU.

Ask Full Fact: The UK’s trade with the EU

Pro-EU campaigners say that 50% of the UK's exports go to the EU, versus 8% to up-and-coming BRICS economies. It's 44% to the EU and 8% to BRICS.

The criminal courts, explained

An expert overview of the courts that hold criminal trials in England and Wales.

21 January's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We factchecked the Question Time panel's claims about same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, and the UK's membership of the EU.

Ask Full Fact: Do addicts and alcoholics cost the taxpayer £10 billion a year?

£10 billion is an uncertain estimate of the public cost of people who are homeless, offenders or drug misusers or any combination of the three.

Unemployment, nurses, and knife crime: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on unemployment, nurse training, apprenticeships, and knife crime.

Miranda’s rights: will the Terrorism Act be changed?

The David Miranda case has been hailed as a "huge win" for journalism, but doesn't automatically mean that the Terrorism Act will be changed.

Are changes to maintenance grants being made through an arcane loophole?

There's a debate over the way in which proposals to replace student maintenance grants with beefed-up loans have been introduced. We've taken a look.