The economy

Fact checks about the economy, covering levels of inequality, prices, taxation, employment, unemployment and housing across the UK nations and regions

30 January 2023

How wages and pensions in the UK and France compare

A tweet shared more than 5,000 times makes a number of comparisons between France and the UK, many of which need context or are not quite right.

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How wages and pensions in the UK and France compare
27 January 2023

Jeff Bezos couldn’t give every Amazon worker £90,000

A bonus suggested by the Labour MP Zarah Sultana would cost more than Mr Bezos’s reported total wealth, let alone any wealth he gained during the pandemic.

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Jeff Bezos couldn’t give every Amazon worker £90,000
19 January 2023

Which regions receive the most levelling up funding?

Claims about the disproportionate allocation of funding have circulated in the wake of the new levelling up awards.

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Which regions receive the most levelling up funding?
19 January 2023

MP wrong to claim UK offers 52 weeks maternity pay

It’s statutory maternity leave that can be a year long, but statutory maternity pay only covers 39 weeks.

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MP wrong to claim UK offers 52 weeks maternity pay
4 January 2023

Rishi Sunak’s New Year speech fact checked

We’ve looked at some of the claims made by the PM in his first speech of 2023.

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Rishi Sunak’s New Year speech fact checked
16 December 2022

Health minister’s claims on nurse pay fact checked

Maria Caulfield MP made a number of claims about how much nurse pay increases would cost during multiple media appearances.

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Health minister’s claims on nurse pay fact checked
14 December 2022

Unemployment in the UK is currently low by historic standards

The shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves claimed that Britain has “high unemployment” after 12 years of Conservative government. But by historic standards, the unemployment rate is currently very low.

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Unemployment in the UK is currently low by historic standards
13 December 2022

Survey didn't find one in ten young people plan ‘never’ to work

The figure used by Rod Liddle in a Sun column only describes the percentage of those who are already not working. The true proportion is more like one in 25.

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Survey didn't find one in ten young people plan ‘never’ to work
13 December 2022

Government’s £28 billion public sector pay increase figure doesn’t factor in money returned in tax

The government says it would cost £28 billion, or £1,000 per household, to increase public sector pay in line with inflation next year. But many of the current disputes are …

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Government’s £28 billion public sector pay increase figure doesn’t factor in money returned in tax
9 December 2022

8% pay offer for rail workers covers a longer period than the deal offered to nurses

The 8% offer made to rail workers covers a two-year period, whereas the pay increase given to nurses and other NHS staff covers only 12 months.

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8% pay offer for rail workers covers a longer period than the deal offered to nurses

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