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Election update, 28 April: polling, the Union, and ‘White Van Dan’

It’s nine days until the election and there is plenty of political news out today. The Daily Mail covers criticism of Labour’s ‘use it or lose it’ proposal to encourage house building,…

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Full Fact Podcast: Episode 4

We’ve launched a podcast for the election. Each week we’ll bring you the facts behind the headlines, and news from our election HQ where the team is working 18 hour a…

Election 2015: Immigration

Immigration is seen as the most important single issue facing Britain today. Most people are opposed to immigration in general, although if you dig a bit deeper people are more…

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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…

Clash of the manifestos: are free schools working?

“We will end the wasteful and poorly performing Free Schools programme”—Labour manifesto “There are over 250 new free schools… delivering better education for the children who need it most”—Conservative manifesto Free…

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NHS: scale of the challenge

More patients, and in particular more elderly patients, mean demand for NHS services in England is on the rise. During the last parliament the population of England will have increased by…

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Election 2015: Health

Everyone's talking about healthcare and the NHS at this election. Here's our rundown of the claims you're most likely to hear, and our take on them. GPs Common claims: “A quarter…

Election update, 27 April: Labour builds its housing campaign

News of Labour’s proposed housing reforms dominates newspaper coverage for the second day running. The Financial Times, Mirror, the i and Times all lead today with the party’s intention to scrap stamp duty for…

Election 2015: housing

Key issues Housebuilding has not been keeping up with the rate of demand for a long time. Latest figures show that the rate of house building over time and number of…

The EU, homeopathy and Norwegian vets

“EU orders Britain’s organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy”—Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2015 For better or worse, homeopathic remedies are certainly promoted in EU organic food standards. But they’re not…

Did Labour put up tax on earnings by £1,895?

“Labour put up tax on earnings by £1,895 in real terms for the average household”—Conservative Party press release Labour claimed that the coalition raised taxes by £1,100, and now the Conservatives…

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Election update, 26 April: a test of endurance

Housing is back on the agenda today, with Labour’s pledge to cap rent increases featuring on the front page of The Observer and The Sunday Times. Read our housing briefing for more background;…

‘Stealth privatisation’ of the NHS? Private patients in NHS hospitals

This article has been updated. “Average Private Patient Income per Foundation Trust is up 58 per cent since 2010, including a 17 per cent rise in the year the Tory-led…

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Election update, 25 April: coalition combinations, polls, and the continuing fallout over Lord Janner

The potential for coalition manoeuvring post-election continues to make headlines, featuring on the front pages of the Financial Times and Telegraph today. Also on the front page of the Telegraph…

Jobs growth: how much are foreign workers getting?

“Under Labour, for years, 90 per cent of job growth was taken up by foreign workers. With the Conservatives, two-thirds of our job growth now benefits British citizens.”—David Cameron in…

Does the largest political party form the government?

The next government won't depend on who is the largest party... governments in the House of Commons are about who can command a majority—Nicola Sturgeon, 24 April 2015 The biggest…

Election 2015: Debt and deficit

The deficit measures the gap between money going into government, and money going out. If the government spends more than it receives, it is in deficit. Otherwise it is in…

The facts about zero hour contracts

They've been called 'flexible' by some and 'exploitative' by others, but what are zero hour contracts? What rights do people employed on them have? And how many people are on…

More than 1 million people used food banks last year: that’s not what the evidence shows

Claims about food banks are not new. But since they were brought up by Jeremy Paxman in the ‘Battle for Number 10′ interviews, we’ve seen a range of claims about food banks…

Election 2015: Europe

The cost of membership “Our EU membership fee is £55 million a day”—Nigel Farage, 26 March 2014  In the calendar year 2014, we did pay over £53 million a day…

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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.…

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,…

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…

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…