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26 July 2012

Are 90 pupils a day suspended from primary school for violence?

Today the front page of the Daily Mail led with a claim that 90 primary pupils a day are sent home for violence in class. But where is this statistic …

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26 July 2012

Which countries are in double-dip recession like the UK?

Following the release of bleak economic statistics, some commentators have again claimed that the UK and Italy are the only G20 countries in a 'double-dip' recession. Is this right, and …

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25 July 2012

Did NHS staff take 15 days off sick last year on average?

It was claimed today that NHS employees took an average of 15 days off sick last year with ambulance staff being particularly prone to absence. This was juxtaposed with a …

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25 July 2012

Are two million people making cash-in-hand payments costing the treasury over £2 billion?

The finger is being pointed this week at 2 million people who are supposedly costing the Treasury over £2 billion through 'cash-in-hand' payments which aren't subject to tax. Full Fact …

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24 July 2012

Is the UK Border Agency set to lose 22% of staff by 2015?

In an interview with Sky over the weekend, General Secretary of the PCS Union, Mark Serwotka, stated that one of the reasons for the upcoming strike by UK Border Agency …

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23 July 2012

How many people were victims of domestic violence over the last year?

Recent coverage of levels of domestic violence produces some confusing, seemingly conflicting, statistics. What's the reason for this and who is right?

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23 July 2012

Do a quarter of sickness benefits claimants have a criminal record?

Are one in four incapacity benefits claimants too sick to work, but fit enough for a life of crime, as the Daily Mail suggests?

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23 July 2012

Is Polly Toynbee wrong to be pessimistic about jobs figures, as Chris Grayling claims?

After a routine release of unemployment statistics, a not-so-routine row about the 'Olympics effect' rages on between journalists and ministers. But who's got their stats wrong?

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20 July 2012

Do a quarter of young drivers crash in their first six months?

Apparent carnage on the roads seems to come back to a rogue press release.

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19 July 2012

Is alcohol abuse killing thousands, hospitalising tens of thousands and costing billions?

"Bacchus must now his power resign! / I am the only god of wine! / It is not fit the wretch should be / In competition set with me / …

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18 July 2012

Have long-term jobless youths tripled in one year?

Tweeting his reaction to the release of the latest Labour Market Statistics, Ed Balls' political advisor claimed that the number of young people on the dole for more than a …

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18 July 2012

Is Ed Miliband right about extortionate pension fees?

The Labour Leader claims that some pension providers wipe out half the value of savers' pension pots by taking large admin fees. Where is the evidence of this?

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