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5 April 2012

Why house prices need better measurement

The issue of housing costs is a topic that has kept Full Fact busy over the years. Most recently, we looked at whether private housing rents were rising or falling …

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5 April 2012

Did George Galloway claim "zero" expenses?

Was George Galloway the most expensive backbench MP, or claiming "zero, zero, literally zero" in allowances?

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5 April 2012

Who comes top of the class: Academies or non-academies?

The launch of an RSA and Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning-backed academies commission was featured in this morning's Today programme, re-opening the argument about the Government's "academisation" policy. Over …

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5 April 2012

Is a child sexually attacked every 20 minutes?

Following a series of Freedom of Information requests by the NSPCC, several newspapers reported that a child was sexually assaulted every 20 minutes in 2011. Did they report the figures …

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4 April 2012

Have police numbers risen or fallen under Boris Johnson?

Tensions reportedly ran high at the LBC radio Mayoral hustings this week. But who got their facts straight when talking about police numbers?

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4 April 2012

Did lending to businesses fall by £14 billion in the last year?

Following the Bank of England's publication of the latest bank lending figures, along with the ONS's downward revision of GDP growth, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna summarised the findings in …

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3 April 2012

Are two in five violent criminals handed a caution?

The Telegraph yesterday fanned concern over high levels of out of court disposals in the criminal justice system. They claimed that as many as two in five violent criminals are …

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3 April 2012

What can the Mayor of London actually do?

Over the next five weeks, Full Fact will be covering the London Mayoral election, providing coverage of the candidates' claims and what they really mean. But to begin with - …

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2 April 2012

Full Fact calls on UK Statistics Authority to stop private briefings of official data

Last week we wrote about a recent trend for news outlets to release 'exclusive' stories based on privately obtained official data. This is something we successfully challenged in 2010 when …

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29 March 2012

How do you measure the 'emotional costs' of alcohol abuse?

The Prime Minister claimed last week that £21 billion is lost to alcohol abuse each year - a figure derived from a Cabinet Office report from 2003 and updated in …

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29 March 2012

Are one in five British adults illiterate?

Today's Mail and Sun reported that a staggering one in five British people are functionally illiterate, based on findings from the charity the World Literacy Foundation. Do they need to …

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28 March 2012

Statement on ITV News's story about newspapers and Operation Motorman

ITV News commissioned Full Fact to audit their analysis of the Operation Motorman records, which was broadcast today. Our brief was to ensure that they had reached accurate but conservative …

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