The economy

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

21 April 2022

Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’

The claim that families are ‘£2,620 worse off’ does not account for any rises in wages or benefits, and is based on some cost estimates which are not reliable.

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Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’
21 April 2022

Boris Johnson makes false employment claim for ninth time in Parliament

The PM claimed there are more people in work than there were before the pandemic. This figure only counts employees and not the self-employed. In total there are 600,000 fewer …

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Boris Johnson makes false employment claim for ninth time in Parliament
20 April 2022

Viral pensions post has its maths all wrong

The post misunderstands how state pensions work in the UK.

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Viral pensions post has its maths all wrong
19 April 2022

Working pensioners will have to pay the health and social care levy from 2023

National Insurance is increasing, but so is the threshold for paying it, and how it affects working pensioners changes next year.

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Working pensioners will have to pay the health and social care levy from 2023
14 April 2022

There is no upper limit for how much MPs can claim to cover heating costs

A post on Facebook claims MPs can claim ‘up to’ £3,400 for utility bills.

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There is no upper limit for how much MPs can claim to cover heating costs
11 April 2022

Thérèse Coffey wrong to claim employment is up over the pandemic

Government ministers have repeatedly claimed employment is higher than pre-pandemic levels, when it is not.

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Thérèse Coffey wrong to claim employment is up over the pandemic
8 April 2022

Single occupancy council tax discount can’t be revoked if you don’t take in Ukrainian refugees

Claims on Twitter and Facebook say that an elderly man in a London borough was told by his council he could be forced to take in a Ukrainian family.

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Single occupancy council tax discount can’t be revoked if you don’t take in Ukrainian refugees
8 April 2022

Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong

The post also compares Germany’s maximum state pension to the UK’s. Germany’s state pensions are difficult to compare to ours as theirs are based on income whilst the UK’s isn’t.

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Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong
8 April 2022

Keir Starmer wrong to say families will be £2,620 worse off this year

Labour’s estimates do not include rises in wages or benefits, and contain several unreliable assumptions.

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Keir Starmer wrong to say families will be £2,620 worse off this year
8 April 2022

Why Rishi Sunak’s wife’s tax status isn’t a direct consequence of her citizenship

Ms Murty uses her non-domiciled status to not pay UK tax on foreign income, but this is an active choice, and not a direct consequence of her Indian citizenship.

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Why Rishi Sunak’s wife’s tax status isn’t a direct consequence of her citizenship

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