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25 May 2011

How much of the NHS budget is spent on treating chronic conditions?

The Times had a slightly different estimate from the Prime Minister for the proportion of health spending going towards treating long-term conditions. But where do the figures come from, and …

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19 May 2011

Is five years the average prison sentence for rape?

In the interview which kicked off a storm about rape sentencing yesterday, Radio 5 Live incorrectly asserted that the average sentence for rape is five years.

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18 May 2011

Rape conviction rates: Ministry of Justice moves to tackle "misleading" measurement

Earlier, we looked at possible problems with the claim that there is a 6 per cent conviction rate for rape, widely made in the wake of Ken Clarke's comments today. …

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18 May 2011

Disability Living Allowance: are alcoholics and drug addicts better off than the blind?

Minister for Disabilities Maria Miller has said that more people with alcohol and drug abuse as a medical condition get higher rate disability allowance than do blind people. Is this …

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18 May 2011

6% rape conviction rate needs explanation and context

With the sensitive debate about rape kicking off once again today following Ken Clarke's comments to Radio 5, David Cameron repeatedly referred to the 6% rape conviction rate at Prime …

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17 May 2011

NHS Reform: A closer look at the £20 billion black hole

As David Cameron renewed his fight for the Government's proposed reforms to the NHS, one of the most widely quoted figures was that of a £20 billion funding gap facing …

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13 May 2011

Are unpaid carers saving the taxpayer £119 billion?

A new report suggests the value of volunteer care workers is greater than the entire NHS. Can this be so?

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11 May 2011

Newspapers correct incapacity benefit claims after Full Fact complaint

With protestors marching in London today against the Government's proposed changes to disability benefit, the progress of the Welfare Reform Bill through Parliament has come under renewed media scrutiny. However …

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11 May 2011

Are the English paying for lavish Scottish spending promises?

Simon Heffer claimed in the Telegraph yesterday that England is paying Scotland a £35 billion subsidy that allows the Scottish government to make lavish spending promises. Full Fact took a …

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10 May 2011

What proportion of Government cuts were Labour committed to?

Two halves of the Coalition offered two different interpretations of the size of the cuts proposed by the last Government this week, but do either reflect the true picture?

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10 May 2011

How does the NHS compare internationally on disease mortality?

With the NHS Bill now reaching the end of its pause period, and with the Government indicating that substantial changes will be made, Full Fact has been taking a closer …

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9 May 2011

Are wind turbines to blame for projected rises in electricity bills?

The Express claimed today that the Government's Renewable Energy Review has found the cost of wind farms will add £50 to the average annual household bill by 2020. But does …

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