19th Feb 2020

Whether wages have passed their pre-crisis level depends on whether you include bonuses

Average wages excluding bonuses have surpassed the 2008 peak, but wages including bonuses haven’t yet.

18th Feb 2020

The World Health Organisation did not know about the Covid-19 virus before the current outbreak

“Disease X” isn’t code for the new coronavirus.

18th Feb 2020

Change in LGBT+ hate crime levels not as simple as Dawn Butler suggests

There are two sources of data on this type of hate crime, one estimates a 261% increase and the other a 40% decrease since around 2010.

18th Feb 2020

Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%

The government did announce a real terms reduction of 40% to the Ministry of Justice but ultimately reduced funding by 25% between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

18th Feb 2020

Two men did go to prison for throwing bacon at a mosque, while a man was fined for burning poppies

However, it is unclear if Mr Choudhury’s fine came out of his benefits.

17th Feb 2020

There's no evidence that the 2019 coronavirus originated in a Chinese government laboratory

A new article written by Chinese scientists does not prove that the 2019 coronavirus outbreak came from bats in a government laboratory.

17th Feb 2020

Dettol hasn’t tested its products against the new Wuhan coronavirus yet

Coronavirus is a category of viruses that includes the common cold.

17th Feb 2020

Research suggesting health benefits of golf could also suggest benefits of being rich

Golfers in a study were less likely to die prematurely than other over 65s but the research didn’t prove that golf was the reason why.

17th Feb 2020

It is not illegal to drive with pyjamas on in the UK

The article presented as evidence of the new law in this claim is an April Fool’s joke.

14th Feb 2020

Poverty hasn’t skyrocketed in the UK

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said “there has been little change in overall poverty levels for more than 15 years.”

14th Feb 2020

Scotland’s maths and science scores are falling in international tests but rising in national tests

Boris Johnson said maths and science is at record lows in Scotland, where education hasn’t been debated for two years.

14th Feb 2020

There are some mistakes in these figures about lung cancer diagnoses

The figures in this article are inaccurate, leading to exaggerated claims about late lung cancer diagnoses in A&E.

13th Feb 2020

Daily Mirror incorrectly reports the results of statins and blood pressure drugs study.

A study found that taking statins or blood pressure pills increased the likelihood of obesity by 82%, but the findings can’t be applied to the wider population.

13th Feb 2020

This image on benefits for pensioners and refugees is not correct

What’s the difference between the benefits pensioners, ‘illegal immigrants’ and refugees can claim?

13th Feb 2020

These aren’t satellite images and they don’t show evidence of mass cremations in Wuhan

Images claiming to show high levels of sulphur dioxide above Wuhan are not based on real satellite data.