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The government doesn't own public information

The government doesn't own public information

HMRC has refused an FOI request about migration data. We think this is inadequate.

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Health Secretary responds to our correction request on weekend deaths in hospitals

Health Secretary responds to our correction request on weekend deaths in hospitals

In October we checked the Health Secretary's claim that, "there are 11,000 excess deaths because we do not staff our hospitals properly at weekends." Here's the reply when we asked …

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Hiding the truth in plain sight

Hiding the truth in plain sight

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

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

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.

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User-friendly statistics: "What you can say, and what you can't"

User-friendly statistics: "What you can say, and what you can't"

We like the Justice Data Lab's user-friendly health warnings on the statistics it produces.

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Department of Health to speed up responses to media and Full Fact

Department of Health to speed up responses to media and Full Fact

The Department of Health has revealed it will introduce measures which should mean if a claim can't be quickly substantiated it won't make it into a speech.

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A typology of caveats

A typology of caveats

A typology of statistical context that includes information and caveats that affect how we might otherwise interpret the figures.

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DWP uses 'made up' claimants in benefits leaflet

DWP uses 'made up' claimants in benefits leaflet

A benefits leaflet published by the Department for Work and Pensions contained 'made up' claimants, which have now been removed.

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FoI madness, but not as we know it

FoI madness, but not as we know it

Recent experiences of how requests under the Freedom of Information Act are handled leave us cold.

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Statistics are not just numbers: they require context to be useful

Statistics are not just numbers: they require context to be useful

We're working on a project to create an open standard for sharing the bits of statistics that aren't numbers: the caveats, context and explanations. Here's why.

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Automatically spotting interesting sentences in parliamentary debates

Automatically spotting interesting sentences in parliamentary debates

Jake has been volunteering at Full Fact for several weeks now. As part of our work towards more automated factchecking, we showed him the work of Simone Teufel on extracting information …

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The election has been factchecked

The election has been factchecked

We have checked a constant stream of political claims during the past 6 weeks, analysed the manifestos in detail, and promoted these findings as widely as we could for the …

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