Inequality in the UK

Fact checks focused on homelessness, poverty, inequality and social mobility

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?
9 April 2021

Poverty is not the same as food insecurity

Claims about all households in poverty struggling to put food on the table need a closer look.

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Poverty is not the same as food insecurity
4 March 2021

Details missing on levelling up funding

A list of priority areas due to receive early funding from the new “Levelling Up Fund” has been published. The rationale for why certain areas are prioritised has not.

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Details missing on levelling up funding
19 January 2021

Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals

Schools are required to provide lunches to eligible pupils either directly or using vouchers.

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Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals
22 July 2020

Mark Francois did not deny that there is a gender pay gap

This quote appears to be a fabrication.

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Mark Francois did not deny that there is a gender pay gap
3 July 2020

We all deserve a better debate on poverty

Politicians from all sides quote seemingly contradictory poverty figures on a regular basis. This is bad for anyone who wants to understand the story of poverty in the UK.

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We all deserve a better debate on poverty
18 June 2020

Boris Johnson incorrect to say Keir Starmer is “completely wrong” about past trends in child poverty

Mr Starmer said 600,000 more children are in poverty than in 2012, which is correct according to government data on children in low income households.

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Boris Johnson incorrect to say Keir Starmer is “completely wrong” about past trends in child poverty
3 February 2020

Sir Iain Duncan Smith is wrong to say that only 15% of people ever move above low pay

There are different ways to measure the number of people who exceed low-pay or low-skill work, but it is more than 15% during the course of a working life.

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Sir Iain Duncan Smith is wrong to say that only 15% of people ever move above low pay
11 December 2019

Sajid Javid said on 5 December that homelessness has halved under the Conservatives since 2008—is this true?

This article is part of our Ask Full Fact series on the 2019 general election, answering your questions about the election, from claims the main parties are making to what …

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Sajid Javid said on 5 December that homelessness has halved under the Conservatives since 2008—is this true?
3 December 2019

No single figure about child poverty tells the whole story

Based on one of the most comprehensive measures, child poverty fell between 2010 and 2015, but has been rising since. The latest figures suggest it’s now back to roughly what …

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No single figure about child poverty tells the whole story

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