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When talking about benefit cuts it’s unhelpful to refer to the “£220 billion” welfare budget

Of the £220 billion welfare budget, £95 billion is spending on pensioners.

This spending is immune from the government’s pledge to make £12 billion worth of welfare savings.

Find out more here.

£1.2 billion saved? The troubled families programme

We’ve seen this figure before.

£1.2 billion still isn’t a credible estimate of savings from the government’s troubled families programme.

Find out why here.

Prosecuting Lord Janner

It’s been reported that Lord Janner will be prosecuted for child sexual offences, overturning an earlier ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Our explanation of the original decision covers what’s likely to happen now – read it here.

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Benefits: It’s not true that half get more than they pay.

Much of the press says that half of households get more in 'benefits' than they pay in tax. But 'benefits' here includes things like visiting your GP.

The EU, the Gherkin and ‘freedom of panorama’

Restrictions on 'freedom of panorama' - reproducing images of public buildings and art - have been proposed in an EU committee, but are a long way from law.

GP opening hours—five years of pledges

The government has been criticised by health minister Liz Kendall for not meeting a promise on GP opening hours.

Ask Full Fact: What’s happened to the minimum wage?

We asked our Facebook followers for suggestions for a factcheck, and this was the lucky winner. What's happened to the minimum wage since it was introduced?

How many Syrian refugees are there in the UK?

187 Syrian refugees entered the UK through a government programme. 4-5,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the UK since the crisis started. Which is correct?

Income tax: who contributes what

Former chancellor has urged the government to cut the top income tax rate to 45p. We've had a look at how high-earners fared last time it was cut.

Poverty in the UK: a guide to the facts and figures

Relative poverty, absolute poverty and how pensioners, children and the rest of us are faring.

Child tax credits, cancer tests, and academies: factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions

At PMQs Harriet Harman and others grilled the Prime Minister on issues from child benefits, cancer diagnosis, and school policy.

£21 billion saved? Welfare spending over the last parliament

George Osborne says the government legislated for £21 billion in welfare savings over the last parliament. What actually happened to spending?

How many lives would early cancer diagnosis save?

There's uncertainty around estimates of how many deaths could be prevented by earlier diagnosis of cancer

£1.2 billion saved? The troubled families programme

David Cameron says the government's troubled families programme saved £1.2 billion. But we don't know what the effect of the programme actually was.

Foreign nurses: how many are to be “kicked out” due to visa rules?

The Independent and the Mirror have reported very different figures on the number of nurses who'll be affected by recent visa changes.


When talking about benefit cuts it’s unhelpful to refer to the “£220 billion” welfare budget

The £220 billion welfare budget includes pension costs, which aren't going to be cut.

NHS waiting times: one of three 18-week targets has been missed in 10 of 12 months

The NHS has missed one of its 18 week waiting time targets in 10 of the last 12 months - what's behind worsening performance on this measure?

Will there be a million more over 70s in 2020?

The UK population is ageing, and this is putting considerable pressure on public finances.

Tariffs and barriers: trade between Britain and the EU

What would trade between Britain and the EU look like if we left?

Welfare spending, wage growth and housing: factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions

We've checked PMQs claims on welfare spending, house building, record wage growth, rapes reported in London and women living in refuge

Does the UK make up 7% of the world’s welfare spending?

The UK makes up a 7% share of the world's welfare spending, according to the Chancellor. But it seems to be based on unpublished "internal analysis".

Election 2015: the most expensive poll on record?

Claims that 2015 election was the 'most expensive' ever are based on donations, but spending during election time is capped, and we don't have figures yet.

Ministry of Justice corrects corrected overcrowding figures

The Ministry of Justice issued corrected figures for prison overcrowding in last week. Unfortunately, these figures were wrong.

Two prisoners to a cell designed for one: how many are living in overcrowded conditions?

Two prisoners occupy a cell intended for one. How many are living in 'crowded accommodation'? Some prisons have been counting only one prisoner.

Did the EU misspend enough money to build 10 new hospitals?

The EU misspent €7 billion in 2013. Would that have paid for 10 new hospitals?

Is the number of unlawfully large infant classes falling?

What impact are increasing pupil numbers having on infant class sizes? Taking into account both lawfully and unlawfully large classes, there are growing numbers with 31 or more pupils.

UK remains one of fastest growing ‘major advanced’ economies

The OECD have forecast that the UK will be the fastest growing G7 economy in 2015, while the IMF have it in second place.