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30 September 2022

Do Treasury claims about a “typical” first-time buyer’s savings add up?

We’ve looked into the figures behind a tweet from the Treasury showing how the mini-Budget could benefit a hypothetical first-time buyer.

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Do Treasury claims about a “typical” first-time buyer’s savings add up?
30 September 2022

Do the mini-Budget tax cuts favour the rich?

Income tax-payers across the income scale will benefit to some extent as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement—but higher earners will benefit much more.

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Do the mini-Budget tax cuts favour the rich?
30 September 2022

Bayer executive wrongly said mRNA vaccines are gene therapy

A spokesperson for Bayer said Stefan Oelrich’s comments were an ‘obvious slip of the tongue’.

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Bayer executive wrongly said mRNA vaccines are gene therapy
29 September 2022

Article saying gardening is a sign of ‘far-right extremism’ does not exist

A digitally manipulated screenshot of a Canadian news site has been shared widely online.

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Article saying gardening is a sign of ‘far-right extremism’ does not exist
29 September 2022

How many Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine?

Estimates vary from as few as 6,000 to as many as 55,000.

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How many Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine?
29 September 2022

Liz Truss wrong to repeatedly say energy bills are capped at £2,500

This figure is based on the amount a “typical” household with average use will pay—but total bills aren’t capped.

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Liz Truss wrong to repeatedly say energy bills are capped at £2,500
28 September 2022

Video of Italian protesters removing European flag from building is from 2013

It’s been claimed that the video was filmed during the recent general election in Italy.

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Video of Italian protesters removing European flag from building is from 2013
28 September 2022

Claims about vaccine adverse events based on article since-deleted over inaccuracies

An Express headline is being shared to claim the truth about the Covid-19 vaccine is “starting to unravel”. The article in question was deleted after the Express acknowledged it was …

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Claims about vaccine adverse events based on article since-deleted over inaccuracies
27 September 2022

Keir Starmer’s 2022 Labour party conference speech: fact checked

We look at the Labour leader’s claims on tax cuts, burglaries and offshore wind, and whether Labour policies are fully costed.

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Keir Starmer’s 2022 Labour party conference speech: fact checked
27 September 2022

Andy Burnham did not say he was a ‘better politician’ than Keir Starmer

A headline, now changed, of an article published by The Sun misleadingly claimed Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said he was a “better politician” than Keir Starmer.

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Andy Burnham did not say he was a ‘better politician’ than Keir Starmer
26 September 2022

The deficit is lower than it was 12 years ago

Labour shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said in a speech that the Conservative government had not got the deficit down during 12 years in power. This isn’t true.

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The deficit is lower than it was 12 years ago
26 September 2022

Liz Truss wrong to claim ‘no household’ will pay more than £2,500 on energy bills

During an interview on CNN the Prime Minister claimed ‘nobody’ would have to pay more than £2,500 in energy bills. Per the government’s own figures, this isn’t true.

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Liz Truss wrong to claim ‘no household’ will pay more than £2,500 on energy bills

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