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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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Heathrow's third runway: a much needed investment or 'big-willy politics'?

As the Heathrow third runway debate heats up this week, Full Fact observed seemingly contradictory comments in the Guardian and Times which were in need of some further investigation. Must ...

Has £1 billion been lost through fraud and error in Council Tax benefits?

Quoting the Department of Communities and Local Government, several newspapers have reported on the 10-figure sum which can be attributed to fraud and error in the Council Tax benefit system.

Will 90,000 disabled people lose Motability vehicles via PIP?

Hacking into the Government's plans to cut back on disability allowance, the Guardian has recently claimed the changes will see 90,000 Motability vehicles or scooters taken away from people who ...

Are immigrants finding work at twice the rate as British born workers?

A piece in the Telegraph this morning bemoaned the state of the British job market; pointing out that since the election foreign-born workers have found work at a rate of ...

Does building 100,000 homes contribute one per cent to GDP?

The most harmful inaccuracies are often those that get uncritically repeated time and time again. So quite naturally a few eyebrows have been raised over a much-repeated figure used by ...

Could one per cent of green belt land make room for 300,000 homes?

The green belt has come under scrutiny recently with some accusing it of being a barrier to much needed housing construction and economic growth. Yesterday, the Guardian made a number ...

"The more people are engaged with data, the more truth there will be"

After months of cautious manoeuvring from the Government, press reports last week suggested Downing Street may now accept the recommendation of the Dilnot Commission on the funding of social care, ...

Does the UK have the highest fuel duty in Europe?

The decision to increase fuel duty by over three pence in January has prompted an angry response from campaign groups and the media who point out that the UK already ...

Is Apple the most valuable company of all time?

Apple's market value at the close of yesterday triggered a landslide of sensationalist headlines hailing the tech super-corp as the most valuable company of all time. But is it?

Are the British workforce lazy idlers?

After the Evening Standard leaked content of 'Britain Unchained', the magnum opus of five Tory MPs, there has been a media defence of the British labour force. But what do ...

Do only one in six pupils take a core academic subject?

Thousands of young people across the country will receive their GCSE results this week. But how many took core academic subjects?

Are we the STI capital of Europe?

Using London 2012 as an opportunity to discuss safe sex, a spokesperson for the Terence Higgins Trust bestowed upon London the envious title of "STI capital of Europe". But how ...

Are charity closures undermining Cameron's Big Society?

Today the Mirror suggested that the latest figures on charity closures had dealt a blow to the Government's vision of a 'Big Society', but is this a reasonable assessment?

Did 2011 see the most working days lost to strikes in decades?

Today the Daily Mail reported that 2011 saw the most days lost to industrial action in decades but will the stats back up the claim?

Are 4 in 5 people seeking full time work finding jobs?

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, this morning praised the encouraging figures offered in the latest employment statistics. But did he go too far in painting such a ...

Are employers turning to migrants because British youths are 'too lazy to work'?

Today the Daily Mail and the Daily Star both reported that firms were turning to foreign workers to meet their demand for labour as 'young people in Britain just don't ...

Is the jury still out on 20 mph zones?

Over the weekend the Sun, BBC and others reported on recently released road accident statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT). Their headlines made for grim reading: "CONTROVERSIAL 20mph speed ...

Are adoptions on the decline?

A blog in the Independent this morning joined the masses commenting on adoption statistics. But has the number of children in care risen by nearly eight percent, compared to a ...

Did the number of young people doing at least two hours sport per week increase dramatically under Labour?

With the London Olympics now over, the debate over the Games's legacy looks set to take over. The Shadow Education Secretary recently claimed that the number of young people doing ...

Are half of EU students failing to repay their loans?

Two papers claimed this morning that a significant number of EU students were benefiting from a "free education" at UK universities as they failed to repay student loans. Our analysis ...

Could a patient's postcode affect the quality of cancer care?

Commentating on the quality of NHS cancer care, the Daily Mail claimed that a suspected cancer patient living in one part of England could be 60 times more likely to ...

How many forced marriages take place in the UK each year?

After a court found that Shafilea Ahmed was killed by her parents after objecting to a forced marriage, the Times claimed that the number of these weddings in the UK ...

Will the sale of school fields undermine the legacy of the Olympic Games?

We have read a lot recently about the sale of school fields under the coalition government but is this really so disastrous?