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Is Google paying 3% tax?

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

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What effect on the public purse would closing the Renewables Obligation early have?

The impact of the early closure of the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind on public finances.

Is a relentless workload forcing teachers to leave for lower paid jobs?

Research has found that people leaving teaching roles in state schools are leaving for on average lower paid jobs. It didn't look at why this was.

Lord Janner's prosecution explained

The Lord Janner prosecution is big news, but what do terms like 'fitness to plead' and 'trial of the facts' actually mean? We explain, with expert help.

3 December's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We factchecked the panel's claims on junior doctors' pay, air strikes, the Syrian civil war, and excess deaths in hospitals at the weekend.

Overseas aid after the Autumn Statement

It's been reported that the government will soon spend more on overseas aid than the Home Office. This is probably right, but hard to verify at this point.

How much will closing the Renewables Obligation early save on your bills?

The government's best estimate is that the early closure will cut the average household's electricity bill by 30p, but there's some uncertainty about this.


Air strikes in Syria: what MPs are voting on

We've found some useful sources on the debate over air strikes on Syria, particularly the legal issues.

Are disadvantaged children twice as likely to be obese?

Childhood obesity affects 25% of year 6 pupils attending schools in the most deprived tenth of areas, and 13% at the least deprived tenth.

The Times has corrected its headline that one in five Muslims has sympathy for ISIS, but the Sun hasn't

Don't be fooled by a Facebook post doing the rounds - it suggests that the Sun has printed a "retraction" of a front page story, which hasn't happened.

High Court decides on Northern Ireland abortion law

The High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's law on abortion is a breach of human rights, but has no power to directly overrule it.

The public seems to support military action in Syria

An ITV poll has been cited on social media as evidence that the public opposes air strikes against Islamic State in Syria. Professional polls say otherwise.

26 November's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We've factchecked the panel's claims on Syria, the big government's big economic announcement, manufacturing, and how the NHS is doing.

The state of private rented homes

While 30% of private rented homes aren't rated 'decent' according to a government standard, the proportion failing it because of health and safety is 17%.

Did George Osborne promise to eliminate the deficit by this year?

The Chancellor aimed to bring the UK back into surplus by 2015, not technically the same as a promise. Deficit reduction didn't go to plan.

Renewable energy, domestic violence and Libya: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on renewable energy, domestic violence, Libya, and neighbourhood policing.

Did 98% of junior doctors vote to strike?

It's correct that 98% of junior doctors who voted on the issue backed a strike, but not that 98% of all junior doctors voted to strike.

Phonics: are more six year olds on track to become confident readers?

The Education Secretary has claimed that 120,000 more six year olds are on track to become confident readers as a result of the focus on phonics.

Do one in five UK Muslims sympathise with Britons fighting for IS?

The Sun states that nearly one in five British Muslims sympathise with people who leave the UK to fight for IS in Syria. This isn't correct.

19 November's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We've factchecked a few of the claims on this week's BBC Question Time: on intervention in Syria, homeless veterans and police budget cuts.

The proposed Renewables Obligation cut off: how much onshore wind capacity loses out?

The government wants to close the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind a year early. How much capacity would miss out on its proposed grace period?

Airstrikes, police cuts and doctors: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on police numbers, public opinion on airstrikes in Syria, doctors contracts and the budget deficit.

The hunt for an EU army

The EU doesn't have an army, and doesn't look like getting one. It encourages military co-operation, and at least a few politicians support EU armed forces.

The EU budget has its limits

Claims that EU budget commitments are rising, blowing the Prime Minister's budget cut promise off course, are inaccurate. EU budget commitments fell since last year and are bound by seven-year ...