Debt and deficit

Fact checks related to policies of austerity and public and national debt

15 December 2016

Best laid plans... for reducing the deficit

The deficit did fall while the Coalition was in power, but not by as much as originally planned.

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Best laid plans... for reducing the deficit
7 December 2016

Jobcentre closures

Half the Jobcentre Plus sites in Glasgow are set to close under DWP plans. The Department plans to reduce its office space nationwide by 20%.

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Jobcentre closures
25 November 2016

Brexit means... borrowing?

The Office for Budget Responsibility expect the government to have a £21 billion deficit in 2020/21. In March they had predicted an £11 billion surplus.

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Brexit means... borrowing?
23 November 2016

Disability benefits: spending on the rise?

Overall spending on disability benefits is forecast to increase in the coming years, even after inflation is taken into account.

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Disability benefits: spending on the rise?
19 October 2016

40% of mental health trusts have seen their incomes fall

It’s correct that 40% of mental health trusts had lower income in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, according to analysis by the King’s Fund think tank.

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40% of mental health trusts have seen their incomes fall
20 July 2015

Is the UK's deficit one of the highest in the developed world?

Latest figures forecast the UK to have a budget deficit of 3.7% of its GDP by 2015/16, down from 4.9% in 2014/15, one of the higher deficits in the developed …

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Is the UK's deficit one of the highest in the developed world?

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