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Migration and welfare benefits

It is unclear whether current or proposed welfare restrictions would reduce future immigration.

Would restricting in-work benefits to EU migrants reduce immigration?

Sir Stephen Nickell has said that restricting access to benefits wouldn't have much impact on EU immigration, Iain Duncan Smith says it would.

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Are 1,000 NHS patients a month dying due to 'basic errors'?

With the sound of the recent coroner's ruling on the death of 22 year-old Kane Gorey still ringing in the public ear, the Independent reported that the neglect at the ...

How many disadvantaged young people are applying for university?

In a heated series of Commons questions this week, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg defended the Government's record on higher education, asserting that the proportion of disadvantaged young people ...

How speedily do magistrates work?

Solicitor Greg Foxsmith and Minister for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert disagreed on how long it takes for a defendant to be sentenced by magistrates. Who was right - ...

Are farmers losing out on a pint of milk?

With thousands of farmers protesting at cuts to milk prices, several commentators have claimed that some farmers lose money on every litre of milk they produce. So what kind of ...

London Assembly supports better data for the capital

During May's London Mayoral election, Full Fact pushed all the candidates to commit to providing Londoners with more reliable information by signing up to the Code of Practice for Official ...

Is the case of Baby P still driving a rise in applications to take children into care?

Reporting yesterday on the release of the General Medical Council's (GMC's) new guidance for doctors on reporting child abuse, the Guardian cited some interesting statistics on the rising number of ...

How much do pensioners' benefits cost?

After a Conservative MP close to the Prime Minister suggested that benefits for pensioners should be means-tested, we look into how much money really goes to pensioners' benefits and what ...

Do British MPs sit more often than those of most other Western parliaments?

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe hit out recently over rumours that MPs could be given a four-day week. But do British MPs sit in the House of Commons more often ...

Police bureaucracy: are front-line officers spending 85% of their time with paperwork?

Arguments about the impact of Government policy on the men and women of the police force are one of the more well-trodden beats for Home Secretary Theresa May and her ...

How will capping student visas affect the economy?

Immigration is inevitably a contentious issue, both in terms of fact-checking and policy-making. Full Fact has had to look at several immigration-related claims, and has found that publicly-available data on ...

Are eight times as many Lords over 90 than under 40?

Nick Clegg faced a harsh grilling in the House of Commons today in a much-anticipated debate over House of Lords reform. But are there really eight times as many nonagenarians ...

How long are A&E waiting times?

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his Labour shadow Andy Burnham this week disagreed about what Accident and Emergency waiting time data was actually telling us. So what do the figures ...

Freedom of Information shows no evidence for thousands of 'never-worked' families

Earlier this year the Guardian ran an editorial attempting to debunk a 'convenient untruth' - the belief that there are potentially thousands of 'never-worked' families living on what have been ...

Have bankers displaced politicians and journalists as the least trusted profession?

MPs will today debate what form the proposed inquiry into the banking practices will take, after the recently-deposed Barclays' chief executive Bob Diamond brought a political dimension to the Libor ...

How not to report opinion polls: A guide from YouGov's Anthony Wells

This article was written by YouGov's Anthony Wells and originally published on the UK Polling Report site. He has kindly allowed us to feature it here. 1) Don't report Voodoo ...

Do nearly half of children in care live outside the local authority responsible for them?

Yesterday, it was reported by The Guardian that 45 per cent of children in care live outside the local authority that has responsibility for them. Is this accurate?

UK Statistics Authority announces new board members

The watchdog responsible for keeping an eye on the use of official figures - the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) - this week announced the appointment of two new Deputy Chairs. ...

Police station closures: HMIC fills in the gaps

Readers of this morning's Daily Mail might have been alarmed to learn that a fifth of all police stations were facing closure: Full Fact afficionardos with long memories might recall ...

Do UK teen girls top the European binge drinking league table?

Two newspapers reported this morning that British girls drank to excess more than their European counterparts. Are they right?

Do more Armed Forces personnel die by suicide than in battle?

Respect party leader Salma Yaqoob tweeted on Armed Forces day what she claimed was the harsh truth about troops in Afghanistan - that more soldiers die by suicide than die ...

Has the Government's Work Programme failed? Let's wait for the data.

Channel 4 News claimed to have a scoop yesterday after it unearthed data on the Government's much-discussed welfare-to-work scheme. which suggested the scheme was "failing to meet the minimum targets ...

Are nine out of ten spending cuts still to come?

Cutting the budget deficit remains the main priority of the Coalition Government. But are they only ten per cent of the way there?

Open data: three changes to be welcomed

The Government today announced plans to increase access to the vast amounts of data it produces, in an effort to improve trust in official figures and scrutiny of public services. ...