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11 July 2012

How much do pensioners' benefits cost?

After a Conservative MP close to the Prime Minister suggested that benefits for pensioners should be means-tested, we look into how much money really goes to pensioners' benefits and what …

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10 July 2012

Do British MPs sit more often than those of most other Western parliaments?

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe hit out recently over rumours that MPs could be given a four-day week. But do British MPs sit in the House of Commons more often …

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10 July 2012

Police bureaucracy: are front-line officers spending 85% of their time with paperwork?

Arguments about the impact of Government policy on the men and women of the police force are one of the more well-trodden beats for Home Secretary Theresa May and her …

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9 July 2012

How will capping student visas affect the economy?

Immigration is inevitably a contentious issue, both in terms of fact-checking and policy-making. Full Fact has had to look at several immigration-related claims, and has found that publicly-available data on …

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9 July 2012

Are eight times as many Lords over 90 than under 40?

Nick Clegg faced a harsh grilling in the House of Commons today in a much-anticipated debate over House of Lords reform. But are there really eight times as many nonagenarians …

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6 July 2012

How long are A&E waiting times?

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his Labour shadow Andy Burnham this week disagreed about what Accident and Emergency waiting time data was actually telling us. So what do the figures …

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5 July 2012

Freedom of Information shows no evidence for thousands of 'never-worked' families

Earlier this year the Guardian ran an editorial attempting to debunk a 'convenient untruth' - the belief that there are potentially thousands of 'never-worked' families living on what have been …

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5 July 2012

Have bankers displaced politicians and journalists as the least trusted profession?

MPs will today debate what form the proposed inquiry into the banking practices will take, after the recently-deposed Barclays' chief executive Bob Diamond brought a political dimension to the Libor …

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4 July 2012

How not to report opinion polls: A guide from YouGov's Anthony Wells

This article was written by YouGov's Anthony Wells and originally published on the UK Polling Report site. He has kindly allowed us to feature it here. 1) Don't report Voodoo …

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4 July 2012

Do nearly half of children in care live outside the local authority responsible for them?

Yesterday, it was reported by The Guardian that 45 per cent of children in care live outside the local authority that has responsibility for them. Is this accurate?

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3 July 2012

UK Statistics Authority announces new board members

The watchdog responsible for keeping an eye on the use of official figures - the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) - this week announced the appointment of two new Deputy Chairs. …

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3 July 2012

Police station closures: HMIC fills in the gaps

Readers of this morning's Daily Mail might have been alarmed to learn that a fifth of all police stations were facing closure: Full Fact afficionardos with long memories might recall …

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