Last week Chancellor George Osborne reminded the nation of what looks set to be the Coalition's key election claim: "Britain’s economic plan is working".
On the back of the latest economic figures and forecasts from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), it was used as an opportunity to set out the progress the country is making on some of the key economic indicators.
Full Fact has received a prestigious award, for Political Transparency, from the Political Studies Association, “in recognition of the important strides they have made towards ensuring that public debate is based on fact rather than fiction.” The PSA drew attention to our work with the UK statistics watchdog and engagement with newspapers to secure corrections.
Back in September, the Daily Telegraph was one of three papers to tell readers that the number of "never events" occurring in English hospitals had doubled over the last year.
Those enjoying a late night tipple have had a difficult few months after police chiefs claimed that 24-hour drinking laws had failed back in September.
Last month's announcement of the government's proposed reforms to the immigration system was followed by a heated debate about the cost of providing benefits to EU nationals.
UPDATE (14 Nov 2013): This article has now been updated with more information on the proposed NHS surcharge, with one detail (who will be subject to the surcharge) corrected.
The Sun will from now on publish a regular clarifications and corrections column, following recent complaints from Full Fact and others about errors in its front-page article on mental health patients. Today, it clarified the report on page two of the newspaper.
- 'Social protection' accounts for just over a third of all government expenditure.
- This is not the same as what we spend on benefits - a considerably smaller sum.
- Pensions are by far the biggest item on the benefits bill; in comparison, the cost of out-of-work benefits is relatively minor.
Arguably, the defining political issue of this Parliament to date has been welfare reform. In the maelstrom of claim and counter-claim, amidst all the talk of "strivers" and "scroungers", the three main parties have been determining their lines on benefits.
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