The economy

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

1 June 2022

The Platinum Jubilee will not cost each UK household £38,000

We don’t yet have reliable figures for the total cost of the event, but a Facebook post muddles the maths.

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The Platinum Jubilee will not cost each UK household £38,000
24 May 2022

Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?

Suella Braverman told the Question Time audience that a single mother in certain circumstances would be £1,600 better off this year compared with last year, because of government support.

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Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?
20 May 2022

How many jobs has Crossrail created?

After Boris Johnson claimed at PMQs that 72,000 jobs have been delivered by Crossrail, we’ve looked at the numbers.

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How many jobs has Crossrail created?
18 May 2022

Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky

The shadow justice secretary used an unreliable Labour estimate for the impact of the cost of living crisis. We have repeatedly asked Labour to stop using this number.

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Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky
17 May 2022

Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills

A claim made by Robert Halfon MP, who is in favour of scrapping green levies, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and repeated elsewhere is inaccurate.

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Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills
17 May 2022

Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis is the latest cabinet minister to claim that employment is higher than before the pandemic, when it is not.

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Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures
4 May 2022

Keir Starmer’s GMB interview: fact checked

The Labour leader made claims about the UK’s economic growth and fraud during the pandemic.

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Keir Starmer’s GMB interview: fact checked
3 May 2022

Boris Johnson’s GMB interview: fact checked

The Prime Minister made claims about the UK’s economic growth, council tax, and his record on bus passes while Mayor of London.

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Boris Johnson’s GMB interview: fact checked
3 May 2022

Angela Rayner repeats misleading claim that families are £2,620 ‘worse off’

This figure comes from an unreliable Labour estimate that doesn’t take account of wage or benefit rises.

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Angela Rayner repeats misleading claim that families are £2,620 ‘worse off’
28 April 2022

Was Rishi Sunak’s in-laws’ company a ‘beneficiary’ of a UK-India trade deal?

An announcement of £1 billion worth of trade and investment between the UK and India included Infosys, as well as a number of other firms.

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Was Rishi Sunak’s in-laws’ company a ‘beneficiary’ of a UK-India trade deal?

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