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Migration and welfare benefits

A look at what welfare benefits immigrants are entitled to in the UK.

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 cyclists to blame for road accidents?

Freshly-elected Mayor of London Boris Johnson last week claimed the majority of cyclists are implicated in their own accidents - specifically those leading to serious injury or death. Is there ...

Have alcohol-related hospital admissions quadrupled in Scotland?

Scottish Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made the claim that increasing alcohol affordability has seen increasing admissions to hospital related to alcohol use. Is she correct?

Are 10% of the world's crops genetically modified?

During a Channel 4 News panel segment, it was claimed that ten per cent of the world's crops are now genetically modified. Is this true, and can this figure be ...

Boris Johnson still giving mixed messages on trustworthy statistics

Last week former Green mayoral candidate Jenny Jones pressed the Mayor during Mayor's Questions to sign up to trustworthy statistics for London: "Following calls from Full Fact during the election ...

The Royal Family: Are we getting our money's worth?

In the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee royal sentiment is certainly high. But how much is the Royal Family worth?

Is re-offending at a record high?

The Daily Star claims that nearly a third of people convicted of serious offences in 2011 had 15 or more previous convictions or cautions, and that a record number of ...

Do crime statistics mask a growing problem with anti-social behaviour?

Daily Mail columnist Peter Hitchens sparked controversy today when he urged Today programme listeners to ignore crime statistics, because they ignored a rising problem with anti-social behaviour. Does he have ...

Was Harriet Baldwin wrong on workless households?

Conservative MP Harriet Baldwin claimed that one in four adults was in a workless household, and that the number of workless households had doubled under the previous Labour government. Was ...

Do politicians interfere with crime statistics?

Peter Hitchens advised listeners to this morning's Today Programme to mistrust crime statistics. Might that be good advice?

Prisoner voting: what does European Court's judgment mean for the UK?

On Tuesday, the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) added another judgment to the prisoner voting saga, promting anger from many of the morning's papers. Anyone ...

Evening Standard incorrectly reports a drop in the cost of living

Today's Evening Standard carries a very misleading headline. Reporting on the fall in the CPI rate of inflation from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent, the paper's headline claimed ...

Is there no link between police numbers and crime levels?

This week in the House of Commons Policing Minister Nick Herbert was asked for his assessment of the effect of the change in police numbers on the level of crime ...

Have 1 in 5 households really never worked?

Labour MP Frank Field has claimed that one in five unemployed households contain a member who has never had a job. He has also claimed that one in five households ...

Does alcohol cause 1 in 8 deaths before retirement?

Many newspapers and websites reported last week that one in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 65 were caused by alcohol. The Mail, for example, claimed that ...

Are councils owed £465 million in residential care fees?

The Times reports that councils are owed £465 million in residential care fees. Are the figures in the article accurate, and does it matter?

Does immigration cost British workers jobs?

Newsnight last week considered the impact of immigration on the number of jobs going for young people. But are rising youth unemployment and increasing numbers of foreign born workers in ...

Is an illegal immigrant reported to the authorities every six minutes?

According to several papers today a new 'hotline' for the public to report suspicions about illegal immigrants has been flooded with calls, with one allegation made every six minutes. Is ...

Did Labour lift one million households out of fuel poverty?

The Energy Secretary and his Shadow debated the Government's plans for tackling fuel poverty yesterday. But is Labour's Caroline Flint "not living in the real world" for thinking that the ...

Metro corrects nursing job cuts error

Earlier this week Full Fact pointed out that the Metro, Times and i newspapers had all misreported the Royal College of Nursing's report on cuts to nursing jobs. Today, the ...

What's behind higher rates of sick leave in the public sector?

According to the media, public sector workers are 60% more likely to be absent from work due to illness than those in the private sector. Is there 'no reason' for ...

Does UK Trade and Investment generate £19 for every £1 spent?

Lord Digby Jones says that UK Trade and Investment generates £19 for every £1 of taxpayers money spent, but is this true?

Are 9 out of 10 people claiming benefits in parts of Scotland?

Businessman Sir Tom Hunter sparked a debate about the ‘benefits culture' north of the border over the weekend, when he claimed in his Sunday Times column that the Scottish welfare ...

Has reporting of Special Educational Needs improved?

Today the Government announced that families are to be given 'personal budgets' for their children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The reforms are also expected to reduce the number of ...