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Ask Full Fact: Employment, unemployment and jobseekers

Over on our Facebook page, some readers had questions about our roundup of employment figures.   Where does the unemployment figure of 1.8 million come from, is it a count or…

Factchecking the Prime Minister’s interview on Andrew Marr

The PM was interviewed on the Andrew Marr show this morning. We’ve factchecked some of the claims about housing, tax, welfare, and jobs. “[In] 2011, you relaunched the Right to Buy…

The faces behind Full Fact

Today, viewers of the Andrew Marr show were treated to a glimpse behind the scenes at Full Fact’s election centre. Bringing you the facts behind the spin is a demanding job,…

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Why we worry about housing: more new households than new homes

England is going to have a projected 220,000 extra households per year between 2012 and 2022. The supply of new housing has fallen far short of that figure—119,000 homes were built…

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Election update, 19 April: big interviews and a mixed offering

Several of the major papers' front pages put the election to one side today, while the others are an eclectic mix, ranging from UKIP accusing the BBC of bias to Labour reaching…

Lord Neuberger unveiled?

'Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge suggests'—he suggests otherwise.

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Minimum wage prosecutions are rare

The majority of employers pay arrears after receiving a formal notice of underpayment.

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Election update, 18 April: food banks and Coalition planning

The Independent and the i lead with the claim that one million Britons will soon be using food banks. We hope to bring you more on this later today. We are…

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Employment: what you need to know

The latest figures on people in work are out today, with new data up to February 2015. Here's what we've learned so far. There are now over 31 million people in work.…

Lord Janner prosecution: process or plot?

“Ruling raises new fears of establishment cover-up”—The Times, 16 April 2015 The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said yesterday that it would not prosecute Lord Janner, a Labour peer, in relation to alleged…

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Election update, 17 April: debates about the debate

Several of the national newspapers carry coverage of last night’s debate between five opposition party leaders. The dynamics of a hung parliament, in which the Labour-SNP relationship could be decisive, preoccupy…

9 claims from the challengers’ debate, factchecked

Immigration and housing “A rapidly rising population due to open-door immigration, started by Ed Miliband’s Labour Party in the late 1990s, has directly contributed towards the housing crisis.” – Nigel…

Faulty figures or misinterpretation? EU migration predictions under Labour

“You were predicting figures of between 5,000 and 13,000 immigrants a year from the expansion of the EU in 2004 and actually something like 400,000 people came in” – Jeremy…

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Election update, 16 April: spending pledges and primary school offer day

The Mirror leads with a claim by Labour that “Cam’s bribes” will cost every family £1,439 a year. Or is it £1,493 (which the online version of the article says)?…

Key claims from the UKIP manifesto launch

UKIP pitched up in Thurrock today, where Nigel Farage and Suzanne Evans delivered speeches launching the party’s general election manifesto. We’ve looked at some of the headline claims on Europe, immigration, health…

Free school meals for infants: questions remain on impact

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to “Extend free school meals to all children in primary education as resources allow and following a full evaluation of free meals for infants”. We don’t…

Key claims from the Liberal Democrat manifesto launch

The Liberal Democrats have launched their election manifesto. We've checked their claims on the economy, health spending, mental health and apprenticeships, taken from Nick Clegg's speech at the manifesto launch, and from…

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Election update, 15 April: The Lib Dems and UKIP manifestos launch

Manifestos from the Liberal Democrats and UKIP are due to be published later this morning. We’ll be factchecking the headline claims from both and we’ll continue our analysis of the…

How many young people could benefit from Help-to-Rent?

“Thousands of hardworking young people still have to live in the same bedroom they lived in as children.” Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat press release, 10 April 2015. The Liberal Democrats…

Apprenticeships: a qualified success

Apprenticeships have changed a great deal since the 1950s, from being three years long and mainly for young people to being shorter and for all ages The number of apprenticeship starts each year…

Key claims from the Conservatives’ manifesto launch

The Conservatives have published their election manifesto. We've taken a look at their claims on the economy, jobs, taxes, and the NHS, taken from David Cameron's speech as the manifesto was unveiled,…

The Conservative Party’s Bill of Rights

"The next Conservative Government will scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights"—Conservative Party Manifesto, 14 April 2015 If you feel strongly about the UK's human…

NHS privatisation: the numbers

In response to claims that the NHS is being privatised under the coalition, the Prime Minister has said there’s been a “tiny increase” in the proportion of NHS spending going to…

Election update, 14 April: Conservative manifesto launches

It’s a right Right to Buy frenzy in the press this morning, with every newspaper under the sun (including the Sun) featuring Conservative plans for increasing home ownership. The party’s election manifesto, which…