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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…

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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…

Key claims from Labour’s manifesto launch

The Labour Party has made its case for winning the next election, launching its manifesto today. We've looked at their claims on borrowing, job insecurity, house building, immigration and social care, taken…

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Victoria Derbyshire debate roundup

Here are some of the big issues from this morning’s Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2 debate: Jobs The Coalition’s record on jobs enters the spotlight again. Business Minister Matthew Hancock claimed the…

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Has the North East witnessed the largest jobs growth in the UK?

“The North East is smaller in terms of overall population, but the jobs growth has been faster in the North East than in the rest of the country”—Matthew Hancock, 13 April…

Health tourists: How much do they cost and who pays?

Where the £1.8 billion figure comes from, and the best rough estimates we have of deliberate and normal use of the NHS by foreigners.

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What is Labour promising on balancing the books?

The first page of Labour's manifesto is out a bit earlier than the rest. It contains one commitment we're likely to hear heavily debated in the next three and a…

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Election update, 13 April: the manifesto launches begin

Today marks the launch of the Labour party manifesto, due to set out their vision for government. This is the focus of many of the newspaper front pages. The Mirror carries a ‘Labour leader…

How immigrants affect public finances

The net fiscal impact of immigration is the difference between the taxes and other contributions migrants make to public finances, minus the costs of the public benefits and services they…