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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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Tampons, Jaffa Cakes, and razors: we pay no VAT on some of these items

MPs have called for an end to the "tampon tax", arguing they're essential items and so VAT shouldn't be paid on them. Are razors and Jaffa Cakes exempt too?

Businesses, tax credit promises, and Syria: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on setting up a business, tax credits, government borrowing, and foreign aid going to Syria.

Did UK steel production halve under Labour?

Yes, if you compare 1997 to 2010, when the economy was in a slump. Production has been, broadly, in decline for decades.

What do Brits think about wind farms?

70% of respondents to a survey said they'd be happy to have a wind farm built in their local area. Some other forms of renewable energy are more popular.

Processed meat isn't as big a cause of cancer as smoking

Did an international health watchdog find that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as smoking? No.

Job applicants with ethnic minority sounding names are less likely to be called for interview

The ethnic group your name is associated with does have an impact on the likelihood of your success in job applications, according to research from 2009.

Tax credit changes: does the House of Lords have the right to challenge them?

It's claimed that it would be unconstitutional for the House of Lords to block planned tax credit changes.

22 October's BBC Question Time, factchecked

"That's the data, that's the facts". We've taken a look at some of the claims on last night's BBC Question Time.

Statistics Authority calls for research on fit to work deaths

In August the Department for Work and Pensions released statistics about people who died while on benefits, or in the year they came off benefits. But the figures were confusing.

Tax credits, steel and school places: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

Factchecking some of the claims we noticed in this week's Prime Minister's Questions.

The law on "holiday fines" hasn't changed

A recent case won by a parent being prosecuted for taking his child out of school to go on holiday doesn't set a legal precedent or change the law.

The Energy Bill and the Salisbury Convention

The House of Lords has been discussing whether, under the 'Salisbury Convention', it's obliged to pass the Energy Bill because it emerged from the Conservative manifesto.

No evidence 11,000 NHS weekend deaths are caused by understaffing

The Health Secretary has claimed that 11,000 weekend deaths are caused by understaffed hospitals, but the research he cites doesn't show this.

The EU has reduced roaming charges

Pro-EU campaigners often cite the reduced cost of using a mobile phone in other European countries as an EU success story. So what has it done on roaming charges?

Six million jobs pay below the living wage

Six million jobs were paid at below the living wage in 2014, according to ONS figures. But that doesn't mean six million individual workers were.

Is new nuclear energy cheaper and more reliable than new wind power?

Based on guaranteed fixed prices, new nuclear power is expected to be cheaper than offshore wind but more expensive than onshore wind.

Are three-quarters of hospitals in England 'unsafe'?

This is the sum of hospitals rated inadequate or requiring improvements in safety by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC doesn't define all these as unsafe

The Conservative manifesto's onshore wind pledge

The Conservative election manifesto was ambiguous on what it meant by ending "any new public subsidy" for onshore wind farms.

Tax credits, poverty and council housing: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

Factchecking some of the claims we noticed in this week's Prime Minister's Questions.

Is crime now starting to rise?

Crime is at a record low level, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. The police are recording more violent and sexual offences, but these rises may not ...

Does dropping human rights laws require leaving the EU too?

It's claimed that laws protecting human rights will continue to bind the UK for as long as we are members of the EU.

Will changes to tax credits cost families £1,300 a year?

Jeremy Corbyn has said upcoming changes to tax credits will cost working families £1,300 next year. We've taken a look at how that figure was arrived at.

Does smoking cost as much as it makes for the Treasury?

Do taxes on cigarettes bring in enough revenue to cover what smoking costs the government? It's complicated.