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Health tourists: How much do they cost and who pays?

Where the £1.8 billion figure comes from, and the best rough estimates we have of deliberate and normal use of the NHS by foreigners.

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Leveson Report: The basics

After Lord Justice Leveson publishes his much-anticipated report into press standards, Full Fact brings you the first in our series of reports explaining what it all means. A Summary of ...

The Leveson Report: accuracy matters for both journalists and the public

Lord Justice Leveson's report should be judged by the standard Alan Rusbridger set at the beginning. It needs to "find ways of bolstering all the good that flows from the ...

Are Cameron and Miliband right on the results of the Work Programme?

At today's Prime Minister's Questions the party leaders clashed on the outcomes of the Work Programme, with the Labour leader slamming the 'historic first' of a Government creating a work ...

More nurses per hospital bed: what's the catch?

If the number of nurses has declined by 2%, but the nurse-to-bed ratio has increased, doesn't that just mean the number of beds has also declined?

Do a majority of Brits back an EU exit?

After fraught EU budget negotiations and even more fraught relations between the Conservatives and UKIP featuring in this week's news, is the Independent right to say that most Brits want ...

Political correctness gone mad? The facts behind the Rotherham row

"Victims of the thought police" screamed one headline. "We want our foster children back", pleaded another. Over the weekend it was revealed that Rotherham Council had removed three children from ...

Has progress on gender equality reversed?

"A combination of the cuts, female underemployment (draining the talent pool still further of women who might one day move into senior roles) and the scarcity of females of diverse ...

Jobs for the girls? Can female employment and unemployment both be at historic highs?

Last week, Maria Miller, who besides being the Culture Secretary is also the Minister for Women and Equalities, praised encouraging figures for women in the jobs market. According to her: ...

Is the cold weather costing the NHS £1.36 billion a year?

Winter can be fatal for some, but estimating its impact is more difficult than it may initially seem.

Does the EU spend 40% of its budget on farm subsidies?

In a speech earlier this week, Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed that while the EU spent 40% of its budget on the Common Agricultural Policy, agriculture accounts for only 1.5% ...

Is the report of the Children's Commissioner into child sex abuse "hysterical and half-baked"?

On the day that the Children's Commissioner published her findings on the prevalence of child sexual exploitation, Government sources described her report as "hysterical and half-baked". What is the basis ...

Do shorter sentences lead to more reoffending?

After the Justice Secretary announced new reforms to supervision for those released after short sentences, do these lengths of sentence really produce the highest re-offending rates?

Will mental health patients now have equal rights to timely treatment?

After the Health Secretary announces a new NHS Mandate, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats claim that mental health patients are now set to gain the same rights to timely ...

Has there been a huge growth in the number of judicial reviews?

The government announced today a crack down on the huge growth in judicial reviews by reducing the time limit for bringing cases, and charging more for reviews. But what is ...

EU budget: what's happening to the British rebate?

"OUTRAGE erupted last night after a secret European Union plot to grab £5.6billlion more from British taxpayers was exposed [...] The move would slash Britain's annual rebate from the European ...

Election turnout: is it the worst ever?

As the results start to come in for England and Wales's first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, one story that looks set to dominate all others is the ...

Are a third of UK businesses making a loss?

After the Bank of England delivered more gloomy news for the UK economy yesterday, the Mail this morning warned that one in three British companies were losing money. Is the ...

Are Labour-run councils bearing the brunt of council cuts?

The Mirror and Guardian this week highlighted which councils were being most starved of funding thanks to recent cuts to grants. The Mirror accused the Government of unfairly targeting Labour ...

Do more unionised workers mean more strikes?

Today marks the first Pan-European general strike, as 40 trade unions across 23 European countries take to the streets in protest at austerity measures imposed by governments attempting to cut ...

Sun and Daily Mail back down over 120,000 'problem' families

After 105 days of unanswered emails, complaints to the PCC, long waits for responses, several articles and slow progress in negotiations, the Sun and Daily Mail newspapers have finally corrected ...

Are a million women 'missing' from the UK economy?

In an article trailing the government's announcement that it will extend the right to work flexible hours to all employees, the Guardian reported that one million women are "missing" from ...

Higher education: how does the UK rank internationally?

Public spending on education has been cut and tuition fees have trebled. So how does the UK compare to the rest of the world? We look at claims made by ...

Will banning calculators raise maths performance?

Last month we learned how some MPs struggle with relatively simple maths problems. According to the Government this morning, the same problem is becoming increasingly prevalent among England's 11-14 year-olds. ...