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General election 2015: what issues should we check?

28th Oct 2014 | Full Fact Team

During the Scottish referendum campaign, Ipsos Mori asked people in Scotland how easy or difficult it was to find trustworthy information. 61% found it fairly or very difficult. We can do better than that.

In the run up to the 2015 general election, we want to create a trove of digestible, robust information about the issues people say they care about, that can be drawn upon by voters, candidates and journalists alike.

We’ve come up with a list of topics we expect we’ll need to be prepared to factcheck, as well as those that might benefit from added context or clarification.

We’re asking you to have a look at our plans, tell us if we’re covering the right things, and let us know if you can help.

We’re planning to cover topics like:

  • The economy: debt and deficit, housing, living standards
  • Health: A&E, privatisation, social care
  • Immigration: Brits living abroad, net migration, immigration from Bulgaria and Romania

Here’s the full list.

Please take a few minutes to have a look and send us an email at team@fullfact.org, or tweet @FullFact. We’d like to know:

  • What questions occur to you, looking over the list?
  • Is there anything missing?
  • Which of the topics matters to you most?

If you’re an expert in something we should be covering and are willing to help, please let us know by emailing election@fullfact.org.

If we don’t have trustworthy information at our fingertips, we’re faced with a choice between blind trust and blind cynicism, and it’s no wonder if we disengage. At Full Fact we think this needs to change — and it can only change with your help.


We aim for our factchecks to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. If you think we've made an error or missed some relevant information, please email team@fullfact.org.