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28 March 2011

Budget 2011: how do Labour and Coalition spending plans match up?

Labour's Peter Hain yesterday told Sky News that there was a £40 billion difference between the cuts proposed by his party and those pursued by the Government. Is he right?

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24 March 2011

What was the confusion at PMQ's over Disability Living Allowance mobility component?

During Prime Minister Questions this week, Ed Miliband said that the mobility component of DLA is being removed by the Government. David Cameron said it is not. Who is right?

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21 March 2011

Have house prices hit a ten month high?

An improving housing market has seen average asking prices hit a ten month high, according to the Daily Express. Unfortunately for property owners, this isn't quite what the figures said.

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17 March 2011

Defence budget: Shedding light on the £38 billion black hole

It has been widely reported for a number of months that there is a £38 billion 'black hole' in the defence budget. When the number was dismissed as "ludicrous" last …

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17 March 2011

Will the 'bonfire of the Quangos' save taxpayers £30 billion over the current parliament?

The impact of the Government's 'bonfire of the quangos' on the public purse has been hotly contested in recent months. In January the Public Administration Select Committee suggested that in …

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16 March 2011

Mayor's transport crime briefing risks "damaging public trust" in statistics, watchdog warns

The UK Statistics Authority has written to London Mayor Boris Johnson to criticise his use of transport crime figures, after Full Fact pointed out that they were being used in …

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10 March 2011

Welfare Reform Bill Second Reading: the facts

For the past couple of weeks, Full Fact has been running a campaign to ensure that inaccuracies that we've spotted in the press on welfare and benefit stories don't find …

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9 March 2011

SEN Green Paper correctly reported, thanks to Full Fact

We are pleased finally to be able to report that the Daily Mail has corrected the record on its reporting of how many children are misdiagnosed with Special Educational Needs …

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25 February 2011

How fast is NHS executive pay growing?

The Daily Mail has claimed that NHS chief executives have seen their pay increase by 50 per cent over the past five years. Is this really what the figures show?

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24 February 2011

Sicknote culture: A longer term view

Britain's 'sicknote culture' has hit the headlines in recent weeks. Last week it was reported that the amount of days leave taken by Whitehall workers amounted to a sick leave …

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16 February 2011

Are councils employing hopscotch teachers for Asian women?

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn yesterday attacked wasteful local councils for hiring staff to fill "non-jobs". But did Haringey Council really employ a hopscotch teacher for Asian women?

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14 February 2011

Is life expectancy lower in Merthyr Tydfil than Haiti?

Several papers reports the shocking statistic that men on one Merthyr Tydfil estate could on average expect less years of life than people in Haiti. Upon scrutiny this is not …

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