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A brief introduction to housing issues

New money for house building is set to be announced as part of the Spending Review today. Here’s our guide to what’s been happening to house prices, rents, and building.


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Renewable energy, domestic violence and Libya: factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on renewable energy, domestic violence, Libya, and neighbourhood policing.

Did 98% of junior doctors vote to strike?

It's correct that 98% of junior doctors who voted on the issue backed a strike, but not that 98% of all junior doctors voted to strike.

Phonics: are more six year olds on track to become confident readers?

The Education Secretary has claimed that 120,000 more six year olds are on track to become confident readers as a result of the focus on phonics.

Do one in five UK Muslims sympathise with Britons fighting for IS?

The Sun states that nearly one in five British Muslims sympathise with people who leave the UK to fight for IS in Syria. This isn't correct.

19 November’s BBC Question Time, factchecked

We've factchecked a few of the claims on this week's BBC Question Time: on intervention in Syria, homeless veterans and police budget cuts.

The proposed Renewables Obligation cut off: how much onshore wind capacity loses out?

The government wants to close the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind a year early. How much capacity would miss out on its proposed grace period?

Airstrikes, police cuts and doctors: factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on police numbers, public opinion on airstrikes in Syria, doctors contracts and the budget deficit.

The hunt for an EU army

The EU doesn’t have an army, and doesn’t look like getting one. It encourages military co-operation, and at least a few politicians support EU armed forces.

The EU budget has its limits

Claims that EU budget commitments are rising, blowing the Prime Minister's budget cut promise off course, are inaccurate. EU budget commitments fell since last year and are bound by seven-year…

MPs don’t have to approve military action in Syria

The legal position on the use of military force in Syria is clear: the government doesn't need sign-off from MPs. The political aspect is more complex.

Hiding the truth in plain sight

What does a Tom Hardy film have in common with the Department of Health?


UK aid to Syria

David Cameron claims that the UK is the second largest contributor of humanitarian aid in the Syrian crisis. This is right, according to the United Nations.

How many apprenticeships are successfully completed?

The Business Secretary has claimed there's no evidence of a big drop-off rate in apprenticeships.

How many jobs could be lost in onshore wind?

It's been suggested that closing the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind could threaten 19,000 jobs.

12 November’s BBC Question Time, factchecked

We've factchecked claims from this week's BBC Question Time on the EU, NHS and Trident.


£200 an hour legal aid lawyers: an update

We've been looking into the evidence that the Ministry of Justice provided to prove that legal aid lawyers earn £200 an hour. It's not convincing.

Did MPs vote against removing the “tampon tax”?

There's been some confusion over what MPs voted against last month regarding the so-called "tampon tax".

How many major businesses have experienced a cyber-attack?

TalkTalk Group's CEO claimed on Radio 4 Today that 9 in 10 major businesses experienced a cyber-attack in the last year. That's an uncertain figure.

Limiting EU human rights law

The Prime Minister's speech on the EU today mentioned the possibility of stopping EU human rights law from applying in this country. Can that be done?

Population, immigration, and EU renegotiation

David Cameron's speech at Chatham House contained a number of claims on population growth and immigration. We've checked them here.

Did auditors sign off on the EU budget?

The European Court of Auditors signed off on the 2014 EU accounts as reliable, as they have for every year since 2007. Some payments didn't follow EU rules.

Migrants and the benefits system: let’s see the evidence

The evidence behind the Prime Minister's claims on EU migrants and benefits needs to be published.

Do half the UK’s exports go to Europe?

In 2014, the EU accounted for around 44% of the UK's exports of goods and services.

How many free trade deals has the EU done?

The EU has concluded trade agreements with around 50 countries outside the Union—some "classic" free trade agreements, and others more wide-ranging.