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4 October 2012

Rape conviction rates deserve careful explanation

The Shadow Home Secretary yesterday told her party's conference that the fact that just 6% of rape cases ended in a conviction showed that the Government needs to do more …

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3 October 2012

Statistics watchdog 'concerned' by Department for Education claim

Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, has today expressed 'concern' about claims made by the Department for Education (DfE) on the UK's supposed slump in international school achievement …

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1 October 2012

Is the Government taking more money from disabled people than from the banks?

Government support for those with disabilities was on the agenda for the Shadow Equalities Minister this week. But is the Government really taking more money from the disabled than it …

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1 October 2012

Is David Cameron 'writing a cheque' worth £40,000 for every UK millionaire?

With discussions of wealth and class occupying the commentators as Labour's annual conference gets under way in Manchester, we look at whether millionaires really stand to benefit by £40,000 from …

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1 October 2012

Ed Balls: 119,000 have lost their jobs in the construction industry

With employment ever so slightly rising, how can the construction industry have lost 119,000 jobs?

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28 September 2012

'Inconvenient truths'? How big is the public sector debt?

Is the growing size of the government's debt placing the restraints on Liberal Democrat ambitions that Nick Clegg claimed during this week's conference speech? We find out in the second …

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27 September 2012

'Inconvenient truth'? Has the UK's welfare bill grown sevenfold over the past half century?

Nick Clegg used his speech to the Liberal Democrat Conference to encourage his party to embrace the "tough decisions" that come with government. But are the "inconvenient truths" he claims …

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26 September 2012

Visualising population growth

Population in England and Wales has risen by 1,000 every day, the fastest rise in 100 years.

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26 September 2012

Is there really a qualification in claiming benefits?

Last week saw another mention of the 'GCSE in claiming benefits', following years of coverage in the Mail and from the Prime Minister earlier this year. But is this claim …

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26 September 2012

Does means-testing pensioners make financial sense?

On this morning's Today programme Mark Reckless MP claimed that the cost of means-testing pensioner benefits would be "far, far greater than anything that would be raised". Does the evidence …

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25 September 2012

How many doctors are sex offenders?

The Daily Mail reports that some doctors have been allowed to continue practising after being convicted of sex offences. And is human rights law shielding the offenders?

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24 September 2012

Taxing the rich: what are the facts?

The Liberal Democrat conference this year runs with the theme: "fairer tax in tough times." But how unfair is the current tax system?

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