19th May 2011

Is five years the average prison sentence for rape?

In the interview which kicked off a storm about rape sentencing yesterday, Radio 5 Live incorrectly asserted that the average sentence for rape is five years.

18th May 2011

Rape conviction rates: Ministry of Justice moves to tackle "misleading" measurement

Earlier, we looked at possible problems with the claim that there is a 6 per cent conviction rate for rape, widely made in the wake of Ken Clarke's comments today. …
18th May 2011

Disability Living Allowance: are alcoholics and drug addicts better off than the blind?

Minister for Disabilities Maria Miller has said that more people with alcohol and drug abuse as a medical condition get higher rate disability allowance than do blind people. Is this …

18th May 2011

6% rape conviction rate needs explanation and context

With the sensitive debate about rape kicking off once again today following Ken Clarke's comments to Radio 5, David Cameron repeatedly referred to the 6% rape conviction rate at Prime …
17th May 2011

NHS Reform: A closer look at the £20 billion black hole

As David Cameron renewed his fight for the Government's proposed reforms to the NHS, one of the most widely quoted figures was that of a £20 billion funding gap facing …
13th May 2011

Are unpaid carers saving the taxpayer £119 billion?

A new report suggests the value of volunteer care workers is greater than the entire NHS. Can this be so?

11th May 2011

Newspapers correct incapacity benefit claims after Full Fact complaint

With protestors marching in London today against the Government's proposed changes to disability benefit, the progress of the Welfare Reform Bill through Parliament has come under renewed media scrutiny. However …
11th May 2011

Are the English paying for lavish Scottish spending promises?

Simon Heffer claimed in the Telegraph yesterday that England is paying Scotland a £35 billion subsidy that allows the Scottish government to make lavish spending promises. Full Fact took a …

10th May 2011

What proportion of Government cuts were Labour committed to?

Two halves of the Coalition offered two different interpretations of the size of the cuts proposed by the last Government this week, but do either reflect the true picture?

10th May 2011

How does the NHS compare internationally on disease mortality?

With the NHS Bill now reaching the end of its pause period, and with the Government indicating that substantial changes will be made, Full Fact has been taking a closer …
9th May 2011

Are wind turbines to blame for projected rises in electricity bills?

The Express claimed today that the Government's Renewable Energy Review has found the cost of wind farms will add £50 to the average annual household bill by 2020. But does …

4th May 2011

AV referendum: Has UK politics historically always been a two-horse race?

Last week Intelligence2 hosted a very informative debate on the merits of AV and First Past the Post (FPTP). Full Fact attended the even, producing a leaflet outlining the most …
27th Apr 2011

How does life expectancy in parts of Glasgow compare with Kabul?

While out campaigning, George Galloway stated that in some parts of Glasgow life expectancy is lower than in Kabul. Full Fact went in search of the figures.

21st Apr 2011

Is First Past the Post good at throwing out unpopular governments?

Proponents of the First Past the Post electoral system claim that it is good at throwing out unpopular governments at election time. Seeking some evidence for this, Full Fact went …

19th Apr 2011

AV Referendum: Will safe seats be a thing of the past under the Alternative Vote?

The latest in our series on the AV referendum. Here we assess what impact the change in voting system would have on the number of MPs with relative ease in …