12th Nov 2010

Duncan Smith corrects the record on jobless households

Putting forward his argument for an overhaul of the UK welfare system last month, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith lamented a situation that had, he said, left Britain …
10th Nov 2010

SEN update: Full Fact complains to the PCC

Back in September, Full Fact examined some widely-reported figures concerning the over-diagnosis of Special Educational Needs (SEN), and found many of them to be significantly exaggerated. The errors stemmed from …
10th Nov 2010

Concerns over DWP Housing Benefit Briefing

When it comes to releasing information to journalists, but not the public, Full Fact has previously raised concerns about some of the practices of the Department for Work and Pensions …
10th Nov 2010

DWP answers PQ about press briefings

In September, Full Fact became concerned that the Department for Work and Pensions (DPW) had been briefing the media using data unavailable for public scrutiny. Several newspapers had written articles …
8th Nov 2010

Assessing Labour on jobs and benefits

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Douglas Alexander has accused the Government of presenting a "distorted" account of Labour's record on the employment. As he tries to set the record straight …

4th Nov 2010

£100 bn: the cost of family breakdown?

In a speech yesterday to the charity Relate, Iain Duncan Smith appeared to put the cost of "broken families" in Britain at £100 billion. So, at least, thought the media. …

3rd Nov 2010

NHS spending: Rising in real terms regardless?

A row has broken out between the parties over whether health spending will still increase regardless of whether an additional £1 billion in funds for social care is included. Full …

3rd Nov 2010

Ofsted finally sets record straight on SEN misdiagnosis, after Full Fact campaign

The fallout from Full Fact's investigation into the erroneous coverage of a recent Ofsted report into provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) continues. Regular FF readers will remember …
25th Oct 2010

Spending Review: Social Housing

As Full Fact continues an examination of the debates surrounding the Comprehensive Spending Review with a look at the the claims the Chancellor made with regard to social housing.

15th Oct 2010

Did Labour cut or expand the number of quangos?

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude yesterday announced the names of the quangos due to be culled in the forthcoming Public Bodies Bill. However is the previous Government to blame for …

13th Oct 2010

Did Labour double council tax?

The Prime Minister David Cameron today accused Ed Miliband of ignoring the 'squeezed middle' whilst in Government, allowing council tax to double since 1997. Did this actually happen, and if …

12th Oct 2010

Did Labour cut funding for universities?

With controversy erupting in Westminster over Lord Browne's review of Higher Education, the President of Universities UK today claimed that Labour oversaw a £400m reduction in university budgets. Is this …

12th Oct 2010

Is the UK jobless households rate Europe's highest?

An inaccurate headline cropped from a valid claim has now been repeated in Parliament by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Full Fact unearths the full story on comparative …

5th Oct 2010

Andrew Lansley and the cost of NHS Bureaucracy

In his first conference speech as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley pointed to figures suggesting a spiralling cost of administration in the health service. Full Fact found that his statistics, though …

30th Sep 2010

Have free schools failed in Sweden?

When Michael Gove first floated the idea of free schools, he made much of their success in Sweden. But since then, opponents have questioned whether Sweden is really such an …