The government's role in the economy

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

9 March 2018

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.

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32,000 people work in the British steel industry
7 February 2018

Government funding for the rail industry

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

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Government funding for the rail industry
29 January 2018

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

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

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Who owns Britain’s trains, energy and postal service?
26 January 2018

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.

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Scotland spends 20% more per head on public services than England
18 January 2018

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.

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Did a Labour-run council sign a PFI contract with Carillion in December?
18 January 2018

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

What proportion of Carillion PFI deals were awarded during the Labour government?

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How many PFI contracts did the last Labour government sign with Carillion?
24 November 2017

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.

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Is the UK economy in the relegation zone?
24 November 2017

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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Did badly-regulated bankers cause the recession?
3 November 2017

How big is Scotland’s deficit compared to the UK as a whole?

The Scottish deficit is more than three times that of the UK as a whole, as a proportion of GDP.

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How big is Scotland’s deficit compared to the UK as a whole?
25 October 2017

Do you pay a higher tax rate than a millionaire?

Marginal tax rates can be very high for both high and low earners.

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Do you pay a higher tax rate than a millionaire?

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