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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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28 March 2012

Does the majority of the public support assisted suicide?

Assisted suicide was on the agenda in Parliament yesterday as MPs debated a motion welcoming the Director of Public Prosecutions' Policy on Assisted Suicide, published in February 2010. MPs used …

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28 March 2012

Is the UK getting better or worse at dealing with cancer?

Macmillan Cancer Support believe discrimination against elderly patients has led to Britain having one of the worst cancer survival rates in the Western world. But is Britain as bad at …

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27 March 2012

Lib Dems retract 'Tycoon Tax' claim

Until 2 o'clock today visitors to the Liberal Democrats' website were greeted by a 'splash' page which claimed that the annual cap on tax reliefs introduced last week will raise …

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27 March 2012

Who will be affected by changes to family route visa applications?

The Sunday Telegraph this weekend reported that changes to family route visa applications could hit 48,900 people, the "majority" of whom are women from the Indian sub-continent. Is this true?

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26 March 2012

How much does dementia cost the economy?

This morning Health Minister Paul Burstow told the Today programme that dementia costs us £23bn. Later on his boss David Cameron contradicted this, saying it only costs £19bn. Who was …

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How much does dementia cost the economy?
26 March 2012

Express claims the EU is banning plastic bags (again)

The Daily Express returns to a familiar theme on its front page this morning, accusing "Brussels commissars" of trying to pave the way for ban on plastic bag use. Regular …

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