The government's role in the economy

Fact checks related to national economic programmes including leveling up, the New Deal and nationalisation

10 June 2022

Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty

These estimates are uncertain for several reasons, but 12 million households would amount to many more than 12 million people.

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Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty
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?
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
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
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’
8 March 2022

£24bn in extra defence spending will be spread over four years

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has previously described the practice of adding up multiple years of spending increases as “misleading”.

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£24bn in extra defence spending will be spread over four years
15 February 2022

Wales and Scotland are getting money to fund a council tax rebate

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said the countries would not be receiving more money as other areas of their provisional budgets are being revised …

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Wales and Scotland are getting money to fund a council tax rebate
1 November 2021

Was the Chancellor right on the Budget increasing departmental spending by the most this century?

The Chancellor announced departmental spending during this Parliament would increase by the largest amount this century. Our calculations show spending increased more each year from 2001-2005.

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Was the Chancellor right on the Budget increasing departmental spending by the most this century?
10 September 2021

No, health won’t account for 40% of all public spending

Health will account for around 40% of the day-to-day spending that can be budgeted by departments, which itself only accounts for about half of government spending.

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No, health won’t account for 40% of all public spending

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