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11 January 2012

Are 10,000 British emigrants receiving £1million in benefits?

Yesterday, the Daily Mail's front page headline drew attention to the supposed "10,000 Britons abroad claiming £1million a week in benefits." The story also appeared on the Telegraph's website. The …

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10 January 2012

Are half of hospital bed cuts "targeting" the elderly?

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph reported that more than half of the beds cut from NHS hospitals had been taken from those allocated to elderly patients. The claim was based upon …

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9 January 2012

Are 200 families costing the taxpayer £12m in out-of-work benefits?

As peers return to work after their Christmas break this week, one of the first pieces of legislation they are due to consider is the controversial Welfare Reform Bill. Today …

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9 January 2012

How much does housing benefit abuse cost UK taxpayers?

An article in the Mail this morning reported the likely eviction of the Rostant family from their Central London home. The family were purported to be receiving £2,000 a week …

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6 January 2012

Are job vacancies at their highest level for two years?

The Sun this morning claims that job vacancies in the UK have risen to 450,000, and are now at their highest level for two years. Should we take this at …

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5 January 2012

How likely are black people to be stopped and searched by police?

In the wake of yesterday's sentencing of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, issues surrounding race relations in the UK have been prominently covered by …

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4 January 2012

Did NHS spending on managers rise by 450% under Labour?

One Conservative MP claimed that the amounts spent by the health service on management grew from just under £200m to over £1bn. Is he right?

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4 January 2012

Did uptake of core GCSEs halve under Labour?

Reports in the Mail and the Guardian today highlighted low uptake and achievement of core GCSEs, with the Mail claiming that the number of pupils studying English Baccalaureate subjects had …

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4 January 2012

Changes introduced to Editors' Code of Practice

With Lord Justice Leveson due to resume his inquiry into press standards on Monday, the New Year has already brought one important change to the way in which these standards …

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3 January 2012

Full Fact's twelve days of Christmas 2011

Over the festive period, Full Fact has been reflecting on some of our bigger stories of 2011, arranged below in the style of a popular carol. We look forward to …

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3 January 2012

BBC corrects reported inequality statistics

Towards the end of last year Full Fact found problems with the BBC's reporting of statistics on UK income inequality. A BBC article, along with other news sources, had reported …

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19 December 2011

Were the rioters 'career criminals'?

When referring back to the English riots earlier this year, Theresa May claimed that, on average, each rioter charged had committed 11 previous offences, rendering them "career criminals". One of …

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