What happens to the money from National Insurance Contributions?

Surplus funds from National Insurance Contributions in the UK are currently invested towards reducing the national debt.

Are we saving £1,205 a year in income tax?

A basic rate taxpayer will pay around £940 less in 2019/20 compared to 2010/11, once you factor in how prices have changed over that time.

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 1 November came from Clacton-on-Sea. Topics covered included income tax changes, austerity, early elections, policing priorities, and the impact on Brexit of the investigation into Arron Banks.

Would Labour borrow a trillion pounds?

The claim that Labour's manifesto promises would cost a trillion pounds is not a fully costed estimate, and we don't know if it refers to spending increases or total spending.

Water rip-off? Are water bills up 40% since privatisation?

Bills rose sharply after privatisation in 1989 but have been falling slightly in recent years.

Budget 2018: three things we learned

What does the 2018 budget mean for austerity, income tax, and taxes on digital companies?

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 25 October 2018 came from Barrow-in-Furness. Topics covered included Brexit, austerity, Trident and non-disclosure agreements.

Has 86% of austerity fallen on women?

That’s a broadly fair assessment, but doesn’t consider the impact of household partners pooling income.

How much of this meme on government spending is true?

A widely shared tweet lists multiple claims about government spending in certain areas. But are the figures correct?

Has austerity hit the most vulnerable the hardest?

Austerity policies have impacted the poorest households most. Despite this, since 2010 the poorest households have seen their post-tax incomes rise the most.

Is Heathrow just for high flyers?

More people flying from Heathrow are on connecting flights or business trips than most other London airports. The majority are still leisure travellers and on terminating flights (as opposed to ...

Infrastructure spending: does North Wales get its fair share?

We don’t know exactly who in the UK gets what out of infrastructure spending.

Is UK foreign aid funding filming in Beijing?

At least £440,000 aid was spent on Chinese film, TV and museum projects in 2016/17. The total foreign aid budget was £14 billion.

Royal flush? How much are taxpayers paying for the Royal wedding?

The Royal Family will pay for the wedding, but the state pays for the security. Security for Prince William’s wedding cost over £6 million.

32,000 people work in the British steel industry

32,000 people worked in steel in 2016. More than half of these jobs are in Wales, and Yorkshire and Humber.

Government funding for the rail industry

How does taxpayer support for privatised rail compare with funding for the old British Rail?

Who owns Britain’s trains, energy and postal service?

Some providers of UK utilities like energy, post and rail have links with foreign governments

Scotland spends 20% more per head on public services than England

An increasing proportion of the Scottish government’s budget comes from taxes raised in Scotland, rather than the block grant.

Did a Labour-run council sign a PFI contract with Carillion in December?

Carillion was signed off by Leeds City Council as the preferred bidder for a project in December 2017, but no contract was signed.

How many PFI contracts did the last Labour government sign with Carillion?

38% of Carillion PFI deals were awarded during the Labour government, according to published data.

Is the UK economy in the relegation zone?

Our economy was the fastest growing in the G7 in 2014 but is now one of the worst performers, according to various experts.

Did badly-regulated bankers cause the recession?

Lots of things went wrong, but experts agree that regulation was one of them.

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