The economy

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

26 November 2012

Has progress on gender equality reversed?

"A combination of the cuts, female underemployment (draining the talent pool still further of women who might one day move into senior roles) and the scarcity of females of diverse …

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23 November 2012

Jobs for the girls? Can female employment and unemployment both be at historic highs?

Last week, Maria Miller, who besides being the Culture Secretary is also the Minister for Women and Equalities, praised encouraging figures for women in the jobs market. According to her: …

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23 November 2012

Is the cold weather costing the NHS £1.36 billion a year?

Winter can be fatal for some, but estimating its impact is more difficult than it may initially seem.

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22 November 2012

Does the EU spend 40% of its budget on farm subsidies?

In a speech earlier this week, Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed that while the EU spent 40% of its budget on the Common Agricultural Policy, agriculture accounts for only 1.5% …

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Does the EU spend 40% of its budget on farm subsidies?
16 November 2012

EU budget: what's happening to the British rebate?

"OUTRAGE erupted last night after a secret European Union plot to grab £5.6billlion more from British taxpayers was exposed [...] The move would slash Britain's annual rebate from the European …

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15 November 2012

Are a third of UK businesses making a loss?

After the Bank of England delivered more gloomy news for the UK economy yesterday, the Mail this morning warned that one in three British companies were losing money. Is the …

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14 November 2012

Do more unionised workers mean more strikes?

Today marks the first Pan-European general strike, as 40 trade unions across 23 European countries take to the streets in protest at austerity measures imposed by governments attempting to cut …

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13 November 2012

Are a million women 'missing' from the UK economy?

In an article trailing the government's announcement that it will extend the right to work flexible hours to all employees, the Guardian reported that one million women are "missing" from …

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8 November 2012

Gender pay gap: How is Britain faring?

Forty-two years after the Equal Pay act was passed in parliament, female executives are losing just under £500,000 to their male counterparts over the course of their careers. At least, …

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6 November 2012

Have apprenticeships been a Coalition success story?

The rise in apprenticeships is one of the coalition's success stories. We look at the facts behind the numbers.

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