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.