MP’s claim about rising unemployment in the West Midlands is wrong
Unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen slightly over the past year.
Do Conservative councils charge £100 less tax than Labour or Liberal Democrat councils?
The measure the Conservatives have used is flawed, making the comparison pretty meaningless.
Have the most deprived councils seen the biggest reductions in funding?
Overall reductions in council funding since 2010 have been concentrated in more deprived areas.
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.
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.
Irish border: how much trade?
We look at the volume of trade across the Irish border.
England v Wales: how bad are the roads?
Maintenance needs to be considered on 3% of A roads and 3% of B and C roads in England.
Infrastructure spending: does North Wales get its fair share?
We don’t know exactly who in the UK gets what out of infrastructure spending.
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.
32,000 people work in the British steel industry
32,000 people worked in steel in 2016. More than half of these jobs are in Wales, and Yorkshire and Humber.
Does the government spend £50 billion on debt interest payments?
Interest payments on government debt are higher than spending on defence or primary education, but slightly lower than secondary education and the NHS pay bill.
60% of Northern Ireland’s exports go to the rest of the UK
Correct in 2015.
SNP Manifesto: Productivity and unemployment
The facts about productivity and unemployment in Scotland.
UKIP Manifesto: the Barnett Formula
We've factchecked claims from UKIP's 2017 election manifesto.
Labour Manifesto: Firefighters
We've factchecked claims from Jeremy Corbyn's speech at the Labour party manifesto launch.
Wales’s fiscal deficit: the gap between tax and spend
It’s much larger in Wales than across the whole of the UK
Councils in London spend more per head
From 2012/13 to 2014/15, English councils outside London spent about 35% less per head than those in the capital.
Scotland's public finances
Scotland’s public finances benefit from being part of the UK, although that hasn’t always been the case.
Productivity in the UK workplace: London vs. the rest
London's productivity is higher than the rest of the UK, although not by as much as some people have suggested.
Foreign Direct Investment in the North
It's correct that the number of FDI deals in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country. But that doesn't tell us how much these deals are worth.
Unemployment in Wales is the lowest in the UK
The unemployment rate in Wales is 4.1%, lower than England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Across the whole of the UK it’s 4.9%.
Regional investment in transport: we don’t know exactly who gets what
London is almost certainly set to receive a much larger proportion of government spending on transport infrastructure per head than anywhere else up to 2021. How much more per head? We don’t know exactly.
Does delaying airport expansion cost us £6 million a day?
There are three shortlisted plans to expand airport capacity in the South-East. A cross-party group of MPs have suggested that delaying the decision costs the UK between £2 million and £7 million a day, depending on which project is be chosen and how carbon emissions will be controlled in future.