30th Jul 2010

Do bank lending statistics give a clear picture?

Full Fact's investigation into small business credit conditions yesterday has caused something of a stir. While our conclusion suggested that though there had been only a small reduction in net …
28th Jul 2010

Home Office retracts alcohol crime claim

Home Secretary Theresa May today claimed that the years following the change to licensing laws saw a rise in alcohol related crime. However when Full Fact investigated we found the …

22nd Jul 2010

Tuition fees: widening access to higher education?

With the spectre of a graduate tax seemingly raised and thwarted within the space of a week, the success or failure of the present system of university funding has been …

15th Jul 2010

Policing Boris Johnson's youth crime stats

In the wake of a number of high-profile teen stabbings, the Mayor of London faced some tough questions on his crime policy at yesterday's Mayor's Question Time. But does his …

8th Jul 2010

Labour's benefits record: Bringing down the claimants?

Do the figures used by Labour frontbenchers to defend their record on cutting benefit claims tell the full story of the years since 1997?

7th Jul 2010

Did child poverty go up under Labour?

David Cameron claimed today during Prime Minister's Questions that child poverty had gone up under the last Government. Do the figures back up his claim?

29th Jun 2010

Can public trust the pollsters?

How much faith should the public have in polling evidence? Figures are often cited by the media to suggest support for opposition to politicians, parties or policies, despite the snapshot …
25th Jun 2010

What is an average public sector pension?

Are we being asked to work for longer to pay for 'gold-plated' public sector pensions? That was the question put to Ed Balls on the BBC's Question Time last night. …

25th Jun 2010

How much is Trident costing already?

Could any savings have been made in this week's budget had the replacement for Trident been scrapped? Though Business Secretary Vince Cable disputed such arguments during his Question Time appearance, …

21st Jun 2010

Road safety: time for change?

A report launched today by the Lighter Later campaign suggests that ditching Greenwich Mean Time could save lives on Britain's roads. Full Fact reviews the evidence

3rd Jun 2010

Is Government policy on rape law baseless?

The new Government has been forced to defend its policy to give defendants in rape cases anonymity. A host of MPs have said the policy has been brought forward without …

26th May 2010

Academies: Where's the evidence?

Despite consensus between the parties over the success of academies, critics insist there are no grounds for claiming the new schools are a class apart from their more traditional counterparts. …

25th May 2010

A bee in their Barnett: Do cuts hit Wales worst?

Plaid Cymru have claimed that the Welsh Assembly will face cuts 33 per cent more severe than those imposed on total UK spending. But how do their figures add up, …

20th May 2010

George Osborne's tax book example

George Osborne made his bow as Chancellor in front of the captains of British industry last week. He promised to make the tax system simpler, but did he get his …

7th May 2010

Ten facts the parties got wrong on the campaign trail

Fact-checking played a more prominent role in this election than any previous campaign. Now that voting is over here is our round up of the the best examples of fact-checkers …