Prices

Fact checks related to the economy in the UK, spending, house prices, public transport, and inflation measures such as the CPI and RPI

21 June 2022

Popular tips on filling cars with petrol don’t offer big savings

A widely-circulated selection of tips on how to save money when filling your car is unlikely to provide any economic benefit.

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Popular tips on filling cars with petrol don’t offer big savings
16 June 2022

Are petrol and diesel taxed in Gibraltar?

There is no VAT in Gibraltar, but there is fuel duty.

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Are petrol and diesel taxed in Gibraltar?
16 June 2022

Living expense calculations ignore that not all income is taxed

A Facebook post showing the average take home pay of someone earning minimum wage does not account for the fact that people do not pay tax on all of their …

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Living expense calculations ignore that not all income is taxed
16 June 2022

Crude oil is not cheaper in pounds now than in 2008

A Facebook post inaccurately claims that oil was more expensive in pounds in 2008 while fuel was cheaper. In fact, both crude oil and fuel were cheaper in pounds in …

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Crude oil is not cheaper in pounds now than in 2008
15 June 2022

June’s pay figures: explained

Figures published by the ONS showing a 2.2% fall in earnings do not account for bonuses, although there are a number of different figures available.

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June’s pay figures: explained
10 June 2022

Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty

These estimates are uncertain for several reasons, but 12 million households would amount to many more than 12 million people.

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Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty
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
24 May 2022

Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?

Suella Braverman told the Question Time audience that a single mother in certain circumstances would be £1,600 better off this year compared with last year, because of government support.

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Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?
18 May 2022

Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky

The shadow justice secretary used an unreliable Labour estimate for the impact of the cost of living crisis. We have repeatedly asked Labour to stop using this number.

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Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky
21 April 2022

Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’

The claim that families are ‘£2,620 worse off’ does not account for any rises in wages or benefits, and is based on some cost estimates which are not reliable.

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Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’

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