The economy

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

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
7 April 2022

Keir Starmer wrong to suggest taxes aren’t rising on stocks and shares

While income from stocks and shares isn’t subject to National Insurance, dividend income is subject to dividend tax which is increasing by the same amount.

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Keir Starmer wrong to suggest taxes aren’t rising on stocks and shares
1 April 2022

2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context

The Trussell Trust did provide about 27 times more food parcels at the end of David Cameron’s time in office than it had at the beginning—but this doesn’t mean food …

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2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context
29 March 2022

Chris Bryant wrong on 0% EU VAT for heat pumps

Labour MP Chris Bryant also claimed that VAT exemption on solar panels already happens in the EU. This isn’t quite true.

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Chris Bryant wrong on 0% EU VAT for heat pumps
25 March 2022

The House of Lords’ daily allowance is about what Universal Credit pays in a month—but peers don’t get it every day

This is the daily allowance for doing parliamentary work in the House. However, not all Lords can claim it, or do.

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The House of Lords’ daily allowance is about what Universal Credit pays in a month—but peers don’t get it every day
18 March 2022

Why is petrol more expensive now than it was 15 years ago?

International oil prices recently reached similar levels to 2008, but pump prices haven’t dropped to what they were back then.

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Why is petrol more expensive now than it was 15 years ago?

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