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Net immigration is 3 times higher than the target

“Immigration is three times higher than the Tories promised”—Nigel Farage, 31 March 2015

The government set an objective of reducing net migration into Britain from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. This has generally been taken to mean that the upper limit on the net migration would be set at around 100,000.

This hasn’t been achieved. Net migration into the UK stood at 298,000 in the 12 months ending in September 2014, around 3 times higher than the target.


Net migration for EU citizens was 162,000 people entering Britain, and net migration for non-EU citizens was 190,000 people entering the country. Given that only 55,000 more British citizens left the country than entered it, the target would still be missed even if only one of the two non-British groups existed.

31 Mar 2015 • 2:15 pm •
The government has put about £13 billion more into the NHS in this parliament

David Cameron just told the Today Programme that the government has increased spending on the NHS by £12.7 billion.

NHS spending is up by about £13 billion. Spending went up from £100bn in 2010/11 to a planned £113 billion in 2014/15.

If you factor in inflation — as the spending commitment made in the Coalition Agreement did — the rise is only about £5 billion.

NHS spending in England

These figures apply to NHS England only – spending for Scotland and Wales is devolved. The £5bn estimate is based on 2013/14 prices.

31 Mar 2015 • 8:27 am •
31 Mar: jobs, mental health, and the fallout from unsubstantiated claims yesterday

The election doesn’t make the top ten most read on BBC News or the Telegraph today. The Telegraph’s Matt cartoon gets to the point.

It only gets one spot (the number one spot) in the Guardian’s most read, on the multiple problems with the Conservative claims on tax yesterday, covered in our factchecks.

We also factchecked Labour’s advert on the importance of EU trade for jobs; the Liberal Democrats on the pupil premium; and more.

Today, the Conservatives are planning to talk about jobs. 1.9m more people in work is a record number, and more importantly a record employment rate. The record isn’t reached, though, if you take account of how the pension age is changing for women.

We’ll be answering questions about how many of those jobs are part time, private sector, and so on. We’ve also got everything you need to know about zero hours contracts in three minutes.

Labour will be talking about small business, rates and corporation tax.

The Liberal Democrats will talk about mental health. There’s a good chance that whatever you’ve heard about 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental health problems is wrong.



31 Mar 2015 • 7:02 am •
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