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13 October 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 …

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12 October 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 …

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12 October 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 …

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5 October 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 …

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30 September 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 …

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27 September 2010

Was there a 'Brain Drain' under Thatcher?

With Vince Cable announcing planned cuts to Higher Education budgets earlier this month, the outlook for the UK's universities has been under some discussion. But is the Chair of a …

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20 September 2010

How big is the state-private school attainment gap?

Education Secretary Michael Gove today cited evidence presented in a John Humphrys documentary back at the BBC presenter on this morning's Today programme, suggesting that Britain had the widest gap …

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16 September 2010

Do workers really earn more in the public sector?

The publication of an Office for National Statistics report earlier this week has been hailed as evidence that workers earn more in the public sector than the private sector by …

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15 September 2010

Is the UK's defence budget exceptional?

The scope and speed of the government's strategic defence review has drawn criticism from MPs and army personnel. But some say in defence of cuts that the UK's military expenditure …

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14 September 2010

How many special needs children are misdiagnosed?

Coverage of today's Ofsted report into pupils with special educational needs (SEN) contains a number of contradictory media claims about the number of children who are potentially misdiagnosed as having …

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14 September 2010

Do tobacco display bans cut teen smoking?

Debates over tobacco regulation are always divisive, and the government's pending decision over whether to go ahead with cigarette display bans is no exception. Anti-smoking campaigners have claimed that evidence …

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9 September 2010

Workless household statistics: The Mail gets it wrong

Several papers have seized on the latest figures on workless households, but when Full Fact inspected the reports, we found several dubious uses of the statistics.

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