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25 June 2010

What is an average public sector pension?

Are we being asked to work for longer to pay for 'gold-plated' public sector pensions? That was the question put to Ed Balls on the BBC's Question Time last night. …

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25 June 2010

How much is Trident costing already?

Could any savings have been made in this week's budget had the replacement for Trident been scrapped? Though Business Secretary Vince Cable disputed such arguments during his Question Time appearance, …

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21 June 2010

Road safety: time for change?

A report launched today by the Lighter Later campaign suggests that ditching Greenwich Mean Time could save lives on Britain's roads. Full Fact reviews the evidence

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3 June 2010

Is Government policy on rape law baseless?

The new Government has been forced to defend its policy to give defendants in rape cases anonymity. A host of MPs have said the policy has been brought forward without …

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26 May 2010

Academies: Where's the evidence?

Despite consensus between the parties over the success of academies, critics insist there are no grounds for claiming the new schools are a class apart from their more traditional counterparts. …

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25 May 2010

A bee in their Barnett: Do cuts hit Wales worst?

Plaid Cymru have claimed that the Welsh Assembly will face cuts 33 per cent more severe than those imposed on total UK spending. But how do their figures add up, …

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20 May 2010

George Osborne's tax book example

George Osborne made his bow as Chancellor in front of the captains of British industry last week. He promised to make the tax system simpler, but did he get his …

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7 May 2010

Ten facts the parties got wrong on the campaign trail

Fact-checking played a more prominent role in this election than any previous campaign. Now that voting is over here is our round up of the the best examples of fact-checkers …

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28 April 2010

Claim and counter claim over IFS report

Yesterday's Institute for Fiscal studies report assessing the main parties plans to cut the deficit, showed large gaps in each set of proposals. This has not stopped each party claiming …

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26 April 2010

Labour's social housing record

With long waiting lists for social housing, are the Conservatives right to claim that the building of new affordable homes has been lower under Labour?

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7 April 2010

The civil service: the Government's record

Union leader Mark Serwotka has accused the Government of presiding over huge job losses in the civil service. Full Fact's investigation suggests this was an exaggeration. Civil service numbers have …

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6 April 2010

Government advertising

Reports have accused the Government of trying to influence the election by increasing spending on advertising. But how many of these adverts are as "highly political" as is claimed?

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