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4 January 2013

Are Conservative councils "damaging local high streets and small businesses"?

According to research conducted by Labour, Conservative councils charge more for parking than their Labour equivalents. Both parties agree that if parking charges are excessive, town centre businesses will lose …

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3 January 2013

Are wages failing to keep pace with rising prices and benefits?

With benefits uprating dominating 2013's early political exchanges, is it really fair to say that working people are falling behind when it comes to the cost of living?

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3 January 2013

Are there 4,000 foreign murderers and rapists living freely in the UK?

The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Telegraph reported this morning that there are 4,000 foreign national offenders living in the UK. But how accurate is this number?

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Are there 4,000 foreign murderers and rapists living freely in the UK?
2 January 2013

Can being overweight improve your life expectancy?

As thousands of Brits embark upon diets as part of their New Year's resolutions, some papers today reported that being 'plump' could actually extend your life. Is this really sound …

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20 December 2012

Do England and Wales imprison more children than any other countries in Europe?

On Tuesday in the House of Commons, Barry Sheerman MP asked Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling whether the government would consider reviewing the age of criminal responsibility. But …

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20 December 2012

That Was The Year That Was

2012 was the year that: Kelvin MacKenzie berated lazy Northerners, alleging that the UK would have an economy like Ethopia's without London and the South East (actually, we'd be ranked …

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20 December 2012

Is spending on disability benefits being cut or going up?

In yesterday's PMQs the Prime Minister said that disability benefits are going up. Is he right?

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20 December 2012

2012: the year in factchecks (readers' favourites)

Season's greetings from Full Fact! Here are our most-read factchecks from this year, one for every twelve days of Christmas. Happy reading! 1. How much does obesity cost the NHS? …

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19 December 2012

Has the probation service failed the public?

A headline in today's Daily Mail announced that the probation service of England and Wales is under attack for failing to curb re-offending. The Daily Mail states that 50,000 criminals …

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18 December 2012

Decades old gun deaths poster goes viral again

A viral poster about deaths from handguns is from 1979.

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Decades old gun deaths poster goes viral again
17 December 2012

Have prisoners been paid £20 million in benefits by mistake?

The Mail on Sunday, Express, Sun and Telegraph report that wrong payments to prisoners has cost the Government £20 million pounds over the last four years, and could have cost …

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17 December 2012

Are wages going down because of immigration?

In her speech to Policy Exchange, the Home Secretary said that immigration drives house prices up and wages down. Can both be true? In this second installment, we look at …

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