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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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3 September 2010

Debts and deficits: are Ed Balls' economic claims sound?

Labour Leadership hopeful Ed Balls used a slot on this morning's Today programme to attack the Coalition Government's deficit reduction proposals. But in making his defence of the previous administration's …

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11 August 2010

Has benefit fraud been halved under Labour?

David Cameron's plans to clamp down on fraudulent benefit claims received a wide airing in this morning's press. Labour's Shadow Welfare Reform Minister Lord Knight has argued that the previous …

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10 August 2010

One in one out regulation: Will it add up?

How much does regulation cost businesses in the UK? Looking at the figures, this seems tantamount to asking the length of a piece of red tape. Yet, as the Government …

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3 August 2010

Which voters abandoned Labour in 2010?

Labour leadership contender Ed Balls today attempts to bust the 'myth' that his party needs to chase middle income voters, and should focus on attracting lower earners. Full Fact takes …

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30 July 2010

Do bank lending statistics give a clear picture?

Full Fact's investigation into small business credit conditions yesterday has caused something of a stir. While our conclusion suggested that though there had been only a small reduction in net …

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28 July 2010

Home Office retracts alcohol crime claim

Home Secretary Theresa May today claimed that the years following the change to licensing laws saw a rise in alcohol related crime. However when Full Fact investigated we found the …

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22 July 2010

Tuition fees: widening access to higher education?

Is the notion that tuition fees are actually increasing access to higher education amongst students from poorer backgrounds a claim too far?

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Tuition fees: widening access to higher education?
15 July 2010

Policing Boris Johnson's youth crime stats

In the wake of a number of high-profile teen stabbings, the Mayor of London faced some tough questions on his crime policy at yesterday's Mayor's Question Time. But does his …

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8 July 2010

Labour's benefits record: Bringing down the claimants?

Do the figures used by Labour frontbenchers to defend their record on cutting benefit claims tell the full story of the years since 1997?

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7 July 2010

Did child poverty go up under Labour?

David Cameron claimed today during Prime Minister's Questions that child poverty had gone up under the last Government. Do the figures back up his claim?

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