The economy

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

15 June 2012

Is the Government still overestimating job vacancies?

Yesterday Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith caused a stir with his proposals to change the way in which poverty is measured in the UK. One indicator put forward …

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15 June 2012

Are the majority of poor children in working households?

In a week of heated debate about the measurement of child poverty, some commentators claim that, contrary to popular wisdom, the majority of poor households actually contain at least one …

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31 May 2012

Did Labour 'fix the figures' on unemployment while in office?

Readers of the Daily Express this morning were witness to a startling accusation: "HOW LABOUR 'FIXED THE FIGURES' TO HIDE TRUE JOBLESS MISERY" Daily Express, 31 May 2012 According to …

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26 March 2012

How much does dementia cost the economy?

This morning Health Minister Paul Burstow told the Today programme that dementia costs us £23bn. Later on his boss David Cameron contradicted this, saying it only costs £19bn. Who was …

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How much does dementia cost the economy?
2 November 2011

Do three million UK jobs rely directly on our place in the EU?

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appeared on BBC Radio 4 this week claiming that three million UK jobs depend directly on participation in the EU. Is this accurate? Full Fact …

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16 August 2011

Do UK commuters pay the highest rail fares in Europe?

Train fares have become topical once again following today's release of inflation figures. With the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rising to 4.4 per cent, passengers will be faced with average …

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