Homes

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

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
8 April 2020

How many people have been evicted as a result of coronavirus?

Housing charity Shelter says there has been a spike in evictions due to all reasons, though not as large a spike as found in a recent survey.

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How many people have been evicted as a result of coronavirus?
21 January 2020

Quarter of private renters experience sickness over housing worries—but we don’t know if private renting is the cause

A quarter of private renters agree that housing worries have made them ill. The Guardian claimed private renting is the cause which confuses correlation and causation.

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Quarter of private renters experience sickness over housing worries—but we don’t know if private renting is the cause

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