Homes

Fact checks related to house prices, the number of new homes built, landlords and private renting

30 September 2022

Do Treasury claims about a 'typical' first-time buyer’s savings add up?

We’ve looked into the figures behind a tweet from the Treasury showing how the mini-Budget could benefit a hypothetical first-time buyer.

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Do Treasury claims about a 'typical' first-time buyer’s savings add up?
2 September 2022

Telegraph miscalculates the cost of working from home

Its estimate that on average working from home will add £2,500 a year to energy bills was flawed, and there are other questions around its calculations too.

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Telegraph miscalculates the cost of working from home
15 June 2022

Labour makes misleading claim about fall in affordable housing under Conservative government

Labour’s claim that affordable housing supply has fallen by 95% misinterprets the statistics.

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Labour makes misleading claim about fall in affordable housing under Conservative government
10 June 2022

The Coalition did not build more affordable homes in a year than Labour did in 13 years of government

Boris Johnson was wrong to make this claim, according to the government’s own definition of affordable housing.

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The Coalition did not build more affordable homes in a year than Labour did in 13 years of government
9 June 2022

Claims of ‘40 million in fuel and food poverty’ are too high

Both food insecurity and fuel poverty are serious problems that affect many people in the UK, but almost certainly not 40 million.

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Claims of ‘40 million in fuel and food poverty’ are too high
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
23 December 2021

Data likely overstates the number of house hunters per house

Data from estate agent membership organisation Propertymark estimates in November 2021 there were 29 buyers per house. This is probably too high.

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Data likely overstates the number of house hunters per house
14 July 2021

Golden oldies: Are one in five pensioners millionaires?

A quarter of over 65s live in households with wealth above a million pounds.

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Golden oldies: Are one in five  pensioners millionaires?
29 March 2021

House price growth has outstripped income growth—but not by much

A chart on Facebook compares two different measures, which makes the rise in income look smaller than it was.

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House price growth has outstripped income growth—but not by much
10 February 2021

Labour’s figures on the cladding crisis are far too high

The real number of people who might be financially affected by new fire regulations may be about a tenth of Labour’s claim.

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Labour’s figures on the cladding crisis are far too high

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