Get the facts: Economy

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 …

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How to check claims about tariffs and trade
30 November 2020

Is the UK's trade deal with Japan better than the EU's?

We don’t know how much better the UK deal is, but it isn’t expected to be worse.

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Is the UK's trade deal with Japan better than the EU's?
29 October 2020

£24,000 doesn’t represent what most Universal Credit claimants receive

Lee Anderson MP used the figure to argue against all Universal Credit claimants being entitled to free school meals.

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£24,000 doesn’t represent what most Universal Credit claimants receive
28 October 2020

Soy sauce imports from Japan will not be cheaper next year

The UK already imports soy sauce from Japan tariff-free under the EU-Japan deal.

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Soy sauce imports from Japan will not be cheaper next year
27 October 2020

It’s possible to receive financial support above the benefits cap, but this does not apply to the majority of households

Most households receive payments below the benefits cap.

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It’s possible to receive financial support above the benefits cap, but this does not apply to the majority of households
26 October 2020

How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points

There are so many ways to measure poverty that it is hard to know what’s really going on—as MPs proved on Wednesday.

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How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points
20 October 2020

What does an "Australia style" Brexit deal really mean?"

On Sunday, Andrew Marr suggested that an “Australian terms” deal with the EU could well be called “Afghan” terms. Afghanistan actually has more favourable trade terms with the EU than …

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What does an "Australia style" Brexit deal really mean?"
13 October 2020

Andy Burnham was wrong about furlough on Question Time

The Mayor of Greater Manchester suggested that staff in closed pubs and bars in Bolton had no access to support.

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Andy Burnham was wrong about furlough on Question Time
8 October 2020

This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate

It underestimates the spending on benefits for people seeking asylum and uses a disputed estimate of the tax gap to talk about tax avoidance.

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This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate
7 October 2020

What did Rishi Sunak actually say about people in the arts?

ITV claimed the Chancellor suggested that people working in the arts sector should retrain and find other jobs.

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What did Rishi Sunak actually say about people in the arts?
15 September 2020

£1.5bn GDP boost from UK-Japan trade deal is not on top of existing EU-Japan deal benefits

The UK currently trades with Japan under an EU trade agreement. The economic benefits of the new UK-Japan deal are relative to having no agreement, not to trading under the …

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£1.5bn GDP boost from UK-Japan trade deal is not on top of existing EU-Japan deal benefits
4 September 2020

What do we know about a ‘back to work’ campaign?

There has been confusion over whether the government had ever planned to launch a ‘back to work’ media campaign.

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What do we know about a ‘back to work’ campaign?

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