Get the facts: Economy

10 June 2021

Boris Johnson was broadly right about aid spending

The government’s plan to reduce foreign aid will still mean spending more on it than past governments did.

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Boris Johnson was broadly right about aid spending
5 May 2021

Boris Johnson repeats misleading council tax comparison

The Prime Minister claimed that band D average council tax is higher in Labour areas than Conservative ones. But band D rates are not a fair comparison. Average tax in …

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Boris Johnson repeats misleading council tax comparison
9 April 2021

Poverty is not the same as food insecurity

Claims about all households in poverty struggling to put food on the table need a closer look.

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Poverty is not the same as food insecurity
29 March 2021

House price growth has outstripped income growth—but not by much

A chart on Facebook compares two different measures, which makes the rise in income look smaller than it was.

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House price growth has outstripped income growth—but not by much
5 March 2021

Did Eat Out to Help Out cause Covid to spread?

Debate over whether the government scheme caused a rise in infections continues.

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Did Eat Out to Help Out cause Covid to spread?
4 March 2021

Details missing on levelling up funding

A list of priority areas due to receive early funding from the new “Levelling Up Fund” has been published. The rationale for why certain areas are prioritised has not.

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Details missing on levelling up funding
3 March 2021

Is Transport for the North’s budget being reduced by 40%?

Boris Johnson denied 40% reductions to the transport body’s budget during PMQs.

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Is Transport for the North’s budget being reduced by 40%?
1 March 2021

Guardian report on public opinion about job losses needs context

A survey found 47% of the population think job performance is an important factor in recent job losses, not necessarily the main reason.

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Guardian report on public opinion about job losses needs context
17 February 2021

Did EU exports really drop 68% in January?

There is other evidence that trade did not fall this much and it may have been driven by stockpiling before January and Covid.

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Did EU exports really drop 68% in January?
10 February 2021

Labour’s figures on the cladding crisis are far too high

The real number of people who might be financially affected by new fire regulations may be about a tenth of Labour’s claim.

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Labour’s figures on the cladding crisis are far too high
1 February 2021

HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion

In effect, all money spent by Scotland on HS2 is returned through the Barnett formula.

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HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion
29 January 2021

Post comparing the living wage and pensions needs context

A widely shared post on Facebook compares the living wage and state pension.

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Post comparing the living wage and pensions needs context

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