The government's role in the economy

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

25 October 2018

Has 86% of austerity fallen on women?

Since 2010, coalition and Conservative governments have aimed to reduce public spending through tax and benefit changes. 86% of those changes come from spending on women.

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Has 86% of austerity fallen on women?
11 October 2018

How much of this meme on government spending is true?

A widely shared tweet makes several claims about government spending on defence, the royals, HS2, Trident, Donald Trump’s visit and more. But what did these things actually cost?

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How much of this meme on government spending is true?
5 October 2018

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.

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Has austerity hit the most vulnerable the hardest?
11 July 2018

The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps

The government did introduce legislation to allow for temporary energy tariff caps, as promised in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

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The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps
6 July 2018

Satisfaction with the NHS peaked in 2010

Labour increased health spending from 1997-2010 by almost record levels. Satisfaction with the NHS peaked at 70% in 2010. It has since fallen to 57%.

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Satisfaction with the NHS peaked in 2010
29 June 2018

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 non-connecting flights.

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Is Heathrow just for high flyers?
15 June 2018

Infrastructure spending: does North Wales get its fair share?

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

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Infrastructure spending: does North Wales get its fair share?
6 June 2018

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.

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Is UK foreign aid funding filming in Beijing?
15 May 2018

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

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

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Royal flush? How much are taxpayers paying for the Royal wedding?
24 April 2018

Would free bus travel save young people £1,000 a year?

Labour made several claims about young people and bus travel in a video to launch their new free travel policy.

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Would free bus travel save young people £1,000 a year?

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