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17 September 2013

Child abuse: what are the statistics behind mandatory reporting?

Following the death of Daniel Pelka, campaigners are calling for an introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse. But an LSE professor has cast doubt on the effectiveness of this …

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16 September 2013

How generous are firefighters' pensions?

As firefighters vote to strike over new pension plans, both the government and the unions have locked horns over the generosity of the schemes.

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16 September 2013

Do children who start school later perform better?

A group of leading experts and campaigners has argued that children who start school aged six or seven perform better and are generally happier. What's their evidence?

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13 September 2013

False rape allegations: "serious, but rare"

As the BBC's flagship political discussion programme returned for another series yesterday, the debate turned to whether anonymity for rape defendants should be allowed, following actor Michael Le Vell's acquittal …

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13 September 2013

Which is safer - a US hospital or an English one?

The media has widely reported the news that death rates in England's hospitals are 45% higher than in the United States. Professor Sir Brian Jarman, the academic who compiled the …

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12 September 2013

Turning a corner? The facts on the economy

Chancellor George Osborne claimed this week that his management of the economy has been vindicated by encouraging economic data. What do we know about the health of the economy at …

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12 September 2013

Royal Mail privatisation: what's happening?

The government has announced the flotation of Royal Mail. Here's the background.

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12 September 2013

Party funding

The Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems agree that there's a need to reform party funding, but they stand divided on what it entails. The options for reform include imposing …

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11 September 2013

Are NEET numbers at the lowest point in a decade?

Today the Prime Minister said that the number of young people not in education, employment or training is at its lowest in a decade. The Commons Library said the number …

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11 September 2013

Doubling of NHS 'never events' never happened

Three papers report that 'never events' - the most serious of patient safety incidents - have doubled on the NHS in the past year. But they haven't - they've fallen.

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10 September 2013

Are domestic abusers escaping justice as a result of police cuts?

Last week Teresa May announced a major review of the way the police handle domestic violence cases. In the meantime, Labour has argued that cuts to police forces have resulted …

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10 September 2013

Zero hours contracts: could 5.5 million be on them?

As zero hours contracts make it into the papers once again, Full Fact reviews what we know about how many are on them.

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