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Full Fact’s General Election Report is genuinely ground-breaking in offering a view from Full Fact’s election centre and in making available independent analysis from some of the country’s leading research organisations.

We’ve been factchecking from 6am until midnight every day of the campaign. Here’s what we found.

Health

The health service in England faces major challenges. That, at least, is something the Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal Democrats can all agree on.

Importance of immigration

Economy

Three issues dominate any discussion of the economy in this election campaign: public finances, living standards, and employment.

Housebuilding (2)

Immigration

Immigration is seen as the most important single issue facing Britain today and one of the most important issues in helping people decide how to vote.

Housing

There’s an old saying about Englishmen and their homes. The modern variation might be that they don’t have enough of them.

Europe

Our European Union membership is a divisive topic; it was when we entered in 1973, and has remained the case ever since the membership referendum two years later.

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Is EU immigration to blame for missing the net migration target?

“We have seen many more people from the EU coming to Britain than originally anticipated, principally because our economy has been growing so much more rapidly and creating more jobs…

Clash of the manifestos: Debt and Deficit

“Five years ago, the budget deficit was more than 10 per cent of GDP, the highest in our peacetime history […] today, the deficit is half that level and debt as…

Migration and Welfare Benefits

Most non-EU nationals who are subject to immigration control are not allowed access to “public funds” (such as jobseekers’ allowance or tax credits), although they can use public services like…

Manifesto clash: recent housebuilding

“House building is at its highest since 2007” – Conservative manifesto “We will make sure that at least 200,000 homes a year get built by 2020—almost double the current level” –…

IN BRIEF

General Election Report – Introduction from the Director

A guide for voters and journalists

Manifesto clash: mental health

“We have legislated to ensure that mental and physical health conditions are given equal priority” Conservative manifesto “In 2012, we […] wrote equality for mental health into law. We are…

Manifesto report: Europe

In this section Manifesto clash: EU referendums Introduction Our European Union membership is a divisive topic; it was when we entered in 1973, and has remained the case ever since…

Manifesto report: Housing

In this section Manifesto clash: house building Manifesto clash: recent house building Manifesto clash: affordable housing Introduction There’s an old saying about Englishmen and their homes. The modern variation might…

Clash of the manifestos: the quality of apprenticeships

This article should be read alongside: Clash of the manifestos: the number of apprenticeships “We will re-focus existing spending away from low-level apprenticeships for older people, and towards a system where…

Expert Immigration Commentary: the Migration Observatory

The Migration Observatory’s Election 2015 briefing series can be found here. The Migration Observatory is based at the University of Oxford, and provides impartial, independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on…

Manifesto report: Immigration

In this section Independent expert commentary from the Migration Observatory Manifesto clash: net migration Manifesto clash: exit checks Manifesto clash: migration target Introduction Immigration is seen as the most important single…

Expert Education Commentary: National Foundation for Educational Research

The National Foundation for Educational Research’s policy updates, analyses and news on education and related issues for the UK 2015 general election can be found here. NFER improves education and learning,…

Manifesto report: Education

In this section Independent expert commentary from the National Foundation for Educational Research Manifesto clash: the number of apprenticeships Manifesto clash: the quality of apprenticeships Manifesto clash: university fees Manifesto clash:…

Expert Economy Commentary: Institute for Fiscal Studies

Read the IFS’s full report on the manifestos here. The IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. The commentary that follows has been produced independently of Full Fact.  …

Manifesto report: Economy

In this section Independent expert commentary from the Institute for Fiscal Studies Manifesto clash: living standards Manifesto clash: debt and deficit Manifesto clash: job security Introduction Three issues dominate any discussion…

Expert Health Commentary: Nuffield Trust

The Nuffield Trust’s full analysis of the manifestos can be found here.The Nuffield Trust is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care…

Manifesto report: Health

In this section Independent expert commentary from the Nuffield Trust Manifesto clash: staffing Manifesto clash: TTIP Manifesto clash: waiting times Manifesto clash: cancer fund Manifesto clash: mental health Introduction The health…

Why do international migrants come to the UK?

From September 2010 to September 2014, an estimated annual average of 478,000 non-British citizens moved to the UK intending to stay 12 months or longer. Economic and labour market factors…

Election update, May 3: under 100 hours to go – polling, promises and a princess

Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost all newspaper covers today are dedicated to the arrival of the royal baby. In other news, the Independent gives the three main party leaders' last pitch to…

Counting the cost of poor literacy and numeracy skills

About 8 million working age adults have ‘below-functional’ numeracy skills and about 5 million have ‘below-functional’ literacy skills in England. England and Northern Ireland score particularly badly on numeracy compared to…

Election update, 1 May: leaders Q&A and election deals

A week today people in the UK may be waking up to a new government – or a possibly lengthy process of negotiations in the event of a hung parliament.…

From the classroom to a job: what are the options for young people?

Approximately one in seven young people are unemployed (16.1%) in contrast to an overall unemployment rate of 5.6%. The Coalition has introduced considerable reforms of 14-19 vocational routes to employment…

Academies and maintained schools: what do we know?

Academies receive their funding directly from the government, rather than through local authorities like other state funded schools. There are two types: converter academies (those previously with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’…

GCSE and A Level reform: are the new qualifications returning a ‘gold standard’ of assessment?

While the GCSE pass rate has increased since its introduction, this doesn’t tell us very much about how standards have changed. Evidence from international surveys suggests that education standards have…