20th Nov 2019

How much public health spending goes to the private sector?

Depending on how you count it the figure could be anywhere between 7% and 26% of spending by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.

20th Nov 2019

Most African countries can export goods to the EU tariff free

Nigel Farage talked about the EU putting up trade barriers on African countries. The majority of African countries have no tariffs on exports to the EU, although a handful do ...

20th Nov 2019

Lib Dem claims about EU health workers and the NHS are generally true

It is true that tens of thousands of NHS staff are from other EU countries, and that other EU nursing numbers have noticeably dropped.

20th Nov 2019

It’s unclear whether an independent Scotland could be forced to join the euro as an EU member

The EU requires most member states to commit to adopting the euro at some point, but in practice it’s unclear whether member states would or could be forced to do ...

19th Nov 2019

The ITV Boris Johnson vs Jeremy Corbyn debate, fact checked

We fact check the key claims and major topics from the ITV debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson, including Brexit, the NHS and inequality.

19th Nov 2019

It’s true that a Conservative councillor in Croydon is a former member of the IRA

Councillor Maria Gatland was a member of the provisional IRA in the 1970s.

18th Nov 2019

Claim that immigrants “only” pay £400 surcharge to use the NHS ignores their tax contributions

At the moment, the immigration health surcharge is £400 for non-EEA immigrants to the UK, but their tax payments also contribute to the running of things like the NHS.

18th Nov 2019

Labour draws unsubstantiated link between dental costs and hospital admissions

It’s not possible to say that 100,000 hospital admissions for dental problems all occurred because dental care was too costly.

18th Nov 2019

This is a photo from Tony Benn’s funeral

Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Jeremy Corbyn were both attendees of the Labour MP’s funeral in 2014.

16th Nov 2019

Conservative claim about immigration under Labour is not credible

It’s not credible to put a specific number of the effect of a policy when no one knows exactly what the policy is.

15th Nov 2019

Scottish government uses non-official data on youth unemployment

That data shows Scottish youth unemployment has fallen. But official data shows it has increased in Scotland over the last year.

15th Nov 2019

We don’t know if there’s a north/south divide in flood defence spending because the data was taken offline

Figures from the Environment Agency that could have helped shed light seem to have been taken offline.

14th Nov 2019

The USA doesn’t “allow” maggots in orange juice—it sets levels at which enforcement is mandatory

The US sets levels of natural contaminants in food above which it takes immediate enforcement action. The EU doesn’t set such levels.

14th Nov 2019

Claim that Brexit will cost every Scot £1,600 is not right

These claims give the impression individuals would lose money, when it’s actually a prediction of how much less the GDP would be in a decade’s time compared to remaining.