The economy

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

17 September 2021

Universal Credit: Do politicians' claims about working more hours add up?

The Conservatives and Labour gave very different figures for how much longer claimants would have to work to offset the end of the £20 uplift

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Universal Credit: Do politicians' claims about working more hours add up?
16 September 2021

Scottish taxes don’t subsidise English spending

Public spending per person in Scotland is higher than across the UK as a whole, and higher than the revenue raised in Scotland.

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Scottish taxes don’t subsidise English spending
10 September 2021

No, health won’t account for 40% of all public spending

Health will account for around 40% of the day-to-day spending that can be budgeted by departments, which itself only accounts for about half of government spending.

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No, health won’t account for 40% of all public spending
8 September 2021

What the National Insurance rise means for the tax burden

It’s been claimed the NI rise will take the tax burden to the highest level “in history”, in peacetime, since 1948, since 1950 and since 1969.

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What the National Insurance rise means for the tax burden
25 August 2021

Facebook post makes incorrect claims about TV licence fee non-payment

A Facebook post claims £50 million has been lost in licence fee payments this year.

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Facebook post makes incorrect claims about TV licence fee non-payment
10 August 2021

What extra expenses can MPs claim if they have children?

MPs claiming for rental accommodation costs can claim an extra £5,500 per dependant.

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What extra expenses can MPs claim if they have children?
2 August 2021

The government’s numbers on savings for wine drinkers don’t add up

The government estimated its new imports policy will save wine drinkers £130 million. An industry body puts the figure at around £30 million.

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The government’s numbers on savings for wine drinkers don’t add up
22 July 2021

Boris Johnson was wrong to say that “everybody” is entitled to extra self-isolation support

People are not entitled to the equivalent of the living wage while they self-isolate, and a £500 support payment is only for those on benefits or in hardship.

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Boris Johnson was wrong to say that “everybody” is entitled to extra self-isolation support
20 July 2021

The EU doesn’t have a 40% tariff on African food imports

This was claimed by MP George Freeman when outlining the UK’s commitment to developing nations.

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The EU doesn’t have a 40% tariff on African food imports
14 July 2021

Golden oldies: Are one in five pensioners millionaires?

A quarter of over 65s live in households with wealth above a million pounds.

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Golden oldies: Are one in five  pensioners millionaires?

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