Get the facts: Economy

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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
Post comparing the living wage and pensions needs context
19 January 2021

Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals

Schools are required to provide lunches to eligible pupils either directly or using vouchers.

Read more…
Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals
17 December 2020

How to check claims about tariffs and trade

Knowing which tariffs to pay and what rules to follow is vital for businesses. Misinformation about tariff rates can be used to mislead the public. Here’s how to understand what’s …

Read more…
How to check claims about tariffs and trade

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.