Inequality in the UK

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

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
28 November 2019

Angela Rayner uses exaggerated figure for number of WASPI women in poverty

Ms Rayner said millions of women have fallen into poverty because of changes to the pension age. We don’t know the number for certain but it is certainly not millions.

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Angela Rayner uses exaggerated figure for number of WASPI women in poverty
9 October 2019

Claim about UK wealth and poverty is flawed

The UK is the sixth- or ninth-richest country in terms of GDP, and the 20th- or 27th-richest in terms of GDP per capita.

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Claim about UK wealth and poverty is flawed
27 September 2019

Poverty in the UK: a guide to the facts and figures

How many people are in poverty in the UK, and how has this been changing in recent years?

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Poverty in the UK: a guide to the facts and figures
17 June 2019

Labour's record on inequality and social mobility: 1997 to 2010

In a video on Labour's inequality record Tony Blair lists statistics on topics from the NHS to poverty. The figures are all broadly correct, but also don't include overall income …

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Labour's record on inequality and social mobility: 1997 to 2010
8 March 2019

Period poverty: how widespread is it?

27% of women responding to a survey in Great Britain said they couldn’t afford sanitary products. But it wasn’t designed to be representative and more representative surveys found it's about …

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Period poverty: how widespread is it?
22 February 2019

The estimated number of homeless people in Britain is broadly comparable to the population of Iceland

The calculation includes the number of people living in temporary accommodation, hostels and those sleeping rough.

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The estimated number of homeless people in Britain is broadly comparable to the population of Iceland
9 January 2019

The UK’s poverty rate is around average for the EU

UK poverty by one measure is around the EU average. A viral tweet misleadingly suggests the UK poverty rate is much higher by using a different measure for the UK.

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The UK’s poverty rate is around average for the EU
23 November 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time was set in the Staffordshire town of Cannock this week and discussed Brexit, gambling and homelessness.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

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