Inequality in the UK

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

2 November 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 1 November came from Clacton-on-Sea. Topics covered included income tax changes, austerity, early elections, policing priorities, and the impact of the investigation into Arron Banks.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
1 November 2018

How have wages changed over the past decade?

The UK average weekly wage has fallen from around £540 to £520 in real terms over the past 10 years. Wages have levelled off since 2016.

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How have wages changed over the past decade?
26 October 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 25 October 2018 came from Barrow-in-Furness. Topics covered included Brexit, austerity, Trident and non-disclosure agreements.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
5 October 2018

Has austerity hit the most vulnerable the hardest?

Austerity policies have impacted the poorest households most. Despite this, since 2010 the poorest households have seen their post-tax incomes rise the most.

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Has austerity hit the most vulnerable the hardest?
26 September 2018

One measure of inequality makes the UK look far less equal than other countries—it’s not

The UK is about average among similar high-income countries when it comes to income inequality.

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One measure of inequality makes the UK look far less equal than other countries—it’s not
10 August 2018

Child poverty is increasing and decreasing at the same time—here’s why

Over the long term, UK absolute child poverty is down while relative child poverty is stable. Each measure has its own strengths and weaknesses.

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Child poverty is increasing and decreasing at the same time—here’s why
11 July 2018

The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps

The government did introduce legislation to allow for temporary energy tariff caps, as promised in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

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The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps
9 July 2018

Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?

HMRC employs around 1,000 staff to work with and investigate the tax affairs of the affluent and super-rich. DWP employs around 4,000 staff in its benefit fraud team.

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Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?
6 July 2018

Is Universal Credit driving people to food banks?

Trussell Trust research shows increases in food bank use in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out. It’s difficult to measure the extent that one is causing the other.

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Is Universal Credit driving people to food banks?
11 June 2018

Does the UK have the poorest regions in northern Europe?

The UK has six of the poorest 10 regions comparing GDP per person against nearby countries, but this doesn’t mean the people who live there are poorer.

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Does the UK have the poorest regions in northern Europe?

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