18th Jan 2011

Has the London Murder rate fallen by a quarter under Boris?

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed last week that the number of people murdered in the capital had fallen by an "average" of 25 per cent. What does he …

18th Jan 2011

Bursting the Express house price bubble

The front page of this morning's Express reports that we will soon see a house price surge. However when Full Fact looked closer at the sources for the story, we …

21st Dec 2010

Full Fact's best of 2010

As MPs head back to their constituencies for Christmas, we take a quick look at some of the progress made in promoting accurate political debate in our inaugural year.

20th Dec 2010

An historically small budget deficit?

Having been elected General Secretary of the UK's second largest trade union last month, Len McCluskey has wasted no time in creating a stir by this morning calling for strikes …

20th Dec 2010

Welcome move towards more transparent data from DWP

After last week's agreement by two newspapers to amend erroneous stories we had been chasing them about for months, Full Fact is also pleased to report success in another ongoing …
16th Dec 2010

SEN errors in press corrected after Full Fact goes to PCC

After three months of persistence, Full Fact is happy to report that the Daily Telegraph and Independent newspapers have agreed to alter inaccurate figures in their coverage of an Ofsted …
15th Dec 2010

OECD warns against education trends made by DfE and media

The UK's fall in international school league tables was widely noted in the press last week, however the trend was more severe in certain sources than elsewhere. Full Fact found …

14th Dec 2010

The Big Question: A Full Fact Guide to the Economy

As an eventful year in politics draws to a close, there will be many talking points for Fleet Street's finest to pick over as we approach the festive period. However …
10th Dec 2010

Labour's "record" funding for students

As the debate raged over rising tution fees, Labour Shadow Business Minister John Denham contrasted the Coalition cuts to university funding with "record" levels under Labour. When Full Fact examined …

29th Nov 2010

What does benefit fraud cost the average household?

The News of the World reports that benefits cheats swindled each household out of £2,300 over the past ten years, conflating fraud and error—which, of course, cuts both ways.

26th Nov 2010

UKSA: "Serious deficiencies" in DWP statistical arrangements

Regular Full Fact visitors will be aware of the concerns we raised about the lack of transparency in sets of statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions. Back …
23rd Nov 2010

How many skilled migrants take unskilled jobs?

As the Government prepares to unveil plans for cap on non-EU migrants, we research frequently cited by ministers as showing a third of skilled migrants take unskilled jobs is bordering …

19th Nov 2010

UK Statistics Authority & the DWP - a clarification

With fresh reports about how statistics have been used by the Department for Work and Pensions this week, passing reference has been made to an investigation into DWP's statistics by …
18th Nov 2010

Is Chris Grayling giving the New Deal a fair deal?

Chris Grayling says the Flexible New Deal has cost £31,284 for every person it got into a job—but can it really be that bad?

12th Nov 2010

Four million jobs created: 70% foreign workers?

The welfare reform debate has seen a widely cited statistic of 70% of 4 million jobs created going to foreign workers. Yet when Full Fact took a closer look, there …