16th May 2012

Does UK Trade and Investment generate £19 for every £1 spent?

Lord Digby Jones says that UK Trade and Investment generates £19 for every £1 of taxpayers money spent, but is this true?

15th May 2012

Are 9 out of 10 people claiming benefits in parts of Scotland?

Businessman Sir Tom Hunter sparked a debate about the 'benefits culture' north of the border over the weekend, when he claimed in his Sunday Times column that the Scottish welfare …
15th May 2012

Has reporting of Special Educational Needs improved?

Today the Government announced that families are to be given 'personal budgets' for their children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The reforms are also expected to reduce the number of …
14th May 2012

Do Iain Duncan Smith's DLA claims ring true?

The Work and Pensions Secretary made his case for reforming the Disability Living Allowance to the Sunday Telegraph. But does the evidence support him?

14th May 2012

Ignoring red lights? Not the cyclists, but the researchers

The Guardian today featured an informative article on their Bike Blog, running with the headline: "Lies, damn lies, and statistics about red light jumping Do 57% of UK cyclists jump …
11th May 2012

Are NHS pension figures 'skewed'?

After public sector workers again took to picket lines over proposed changes to their pensions, we look at whether or not the 'average' NHS pension weighs in at just £4,000 …

11th May 2012

How do you solve a problem like an expensive aircraft carrier?

Yesterday the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced a change in policy on fighter aircraft for the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers. Mr Hammond told the Commons that the Government would be …
11th May 2012

How many public sector workers went on pensions strike?

Following another wave of public sector strikes over pensions, the Government and Unions have again clashed on exactly how many workers went out on strike yesterday. But did newspapers report …

10th May 2012

Report exposes need for better immigration data

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine today hit the headlines after he criticised the time passengers were having to wait to clear border control at Heathrow airport. …
10th May 2012

Are Asians disproportionately represented in prosecutions for sex offences?

On the Today Programme yesterday Keth Vaz MP and former Head of the Prison Service Martin Narey went head-to-head over the ethnicity of sex offenders. But did they get their …

9th May 2012

Do wind farms have a "major economic benefit"?

In response to recent criticism of the Government's policy on wind power the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes a report outlining the economic benefits of wind power.

9th May 2012

Full Fact "absolutely complementary" to UK Statistics Authority, says stats chief

The work of Full Fact is "absolutely complementary" to the role of the UK Statistics Authority, the new Chairman of the watchdog has said. Speaking to the Independent's Economics Editor …
9th May 2012

Government agrees not to request Leveson evidence redactions

The Cabinet agreed yesterday that Ministers will not exercise the right to request redactions of evidence submitted to the Leveson inquiry. Yesterday Full Fact, the Media Standards Trust, Index on …
8th May 2012

Are you at greater risk of dying if you're admitted to the NHS at the weekend?

Is a punch-in/punch-out mentality in the NHS endangering patients?

8th May 2012

Londoners deserve better data: an open letter to Boris Johnson

Dear Boris, Congratulations on your recent re-election as Mayor of London. During Mayoral questions on 23 March last year, you told the London Assembly that "public trust in statistics is …