General election 2015: what issues should we check?

28 October 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, 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

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.

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