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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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What does benefit fraud cost the average household?

The News of the World reports that benefits cheats swindled each household out of £2,300 over the past ten years, conflating fraud and error—which, of course, cuts both ways.

UKSA: "Serious deficiencies" in DWP statistical arrangements

Regular Full Fact visitors will be aware of the concerns we raised about the lack of transparency in sets of statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions. Back ...

How many skilled migrants take unskilled jobs?

As the Government prepares to unveil plans for cap on non-EU migrants, we research frequently cited by ministers as showing a third of skilled migrants take unskilled jobs is bordering ...

UK Statistics Authority & the DWP - a clarification

With fresh reports about how statistics have been used by the Department for Work and Pensions this week, passing reference has been made to an investigation into DWP's statistics by ...

Is Chris Grayling giving the New Deal a fair deal?

Chris Grayling says the Flexible New Deal has cost £31,284 for every person it got into a job—but can it really be that bad?

Four million jobs created: 70% foreign workers?

The welfare reform debate has seen a widely cited statistic of 70% of 4 million jobs created going to foreign workers. Yet when Full Fact took a closer look, there ...

Duncan Smith corrects the record on jobless households

Putting forward his argument for an overhaul of the UK welfare system last month, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith lamented a situation that had, he said, left Britain ...

Concerns over DWP Housing Benefit Briefing

When it comes to releasing information to journalists, but not the public, Full Fact has previously raised concerns about some of the practices of the Department for Work and Pensions ...

SEN update: Full Fact complains to the PCC

Back in September, Full Fact examined some widely-reported figures concerning the over-diagnosis of Special Educational Needs (SEN), and found many of them to be significantly exaggerated. The errors stemmed from ...

DWP answers PQ about press briefings

In September, Full Fact became concerned that the Department for Work and Pensions (DPW) had been briefing the media using data unavailable for public scrutiny. Several newspapers had written articles ...

Assessing Labour on jobs and benefits

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Douglas Alexander has accused the Government of presenting a "distorted" account of Labour's record on the employment. As he tries to set the record straight ...

£100 bn: the cost of family breakdown?

In a speech yesterday to the charity Relate, Iain Duncan Smith appeared to put the cost of "broken families" in Britain at £100 billion. So, at least, thought the media. ...

NHS spending: Rising in real terms regardless?

A row has broken out between the parties over whether health spending will still increase regardless of whether an additional £1 billion in funds for social care is included. Full ...

Ofsted finally sets record straight on SEN misdiagnosis, after Full Fact campaign

The fallout from Full Fact's investigation into the erroneous coverage of a recent Ofsted report into provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) continues. Regular FF readers will remember ...

Spending Review: Social Housing

As Full Fact continues an examination of the debates surrounding the Comprehensive Spending Review with a look at the the claims the Chancellor made with regard to social housing.

Did Labour cut or expand the number of quangos?

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude yesterday announced the names of the quangos due to be culled in the forthcoming Public Bodies Bill. However is the previous Government to blame for ...

Did Labour double council tax?

The Prime Minister David Cameron today accused Ed Miliband of ignoring the 'squeezed middle' whilst in Government, allowing council tax to double since 1997. Did this actually happen, and if ...

Did Labour cut funding for universities?

With controversy erupting in Westminster over Lord Browne's review of Higher Education, the President of Universities UK today claimed that Labour oversaw a £400m reduction in university budgets. Is this ...

Is the UK jobless households rate Europe's highest?

An inaccurate headline cropped from a valid claim has now been repeated in Parliament by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Full Fact unearths the full story on comparative ...

Andrew Lansley and the cost of NHS Bureaucracy

In his first conference speech as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley pointed to figures suggesting a spiralling cost of administration in the health service. Full Fact found that his statistics, though ...

Have free schools failed in Sweden?

When Michael Gove first floated the idea of free schools, he made much of their success in Sweden. But since then, opponents have questioned whether Sweden is really such an ...

Was there a 'Brain Drain' under Thatcher?

With Vince Cable announcing planned cuts to Higher Education budgets earlier this month, the outlook for the UK's universities has been under some discussion. But is the Chair of a ...

How big is the state-private school attainment gap?

Education Secretary Michael Gove today cited evidence presented in a John Humphrys documentary back at the BBC presenter on this morning's Today programme, suggesting that Britain had the widest gap ...