23rd Jun 2020

Police have not warned the public about face masks doused in chemicals

Viral Facebook posts falsely claim criminals are handing out face masks doused in chemicals that cause unconsciousness so they can rob houses.

23rd Jun 2020

Many French care workers will get a tax-free bonus of up to £1,340 for working during the pandemic

Medical staff have previously been promised a bonus too.

23rd Jun 2020

Black Lives Matter Scotland say they did not produce “Kill a White On Sight” stickers

The group have said they do not support the message of the stickers.

23rd Jun 2020

Marcus Rashford did not tweet this at Katie Hopkins

The footballer did not reply when she tweeted at him.

22nd Jun 2020

This is what has happened with student nurses who volunteered to work for the NHS early

A Facebook post describing what happened has gone viral.

22nd Jun 2020

No, the government is not proposing to inject the public with tracking microchips

A fake letter claiming to be from Boris Johnson asks people to write to their MP with opinions on mandatory microchip injections, which are not being proposed.

22nd Jun 2020

Boris Johnson overstates number of schools with returning students

Boris Johnson was wrong to say that 97% of primary schools which report data were seeing children returning. The figure on the day he was speaking was 69%.

19th Jun 2020

No evidence to back up these claims about fluoride

Fluoride is added to toothpaste and water to help prevent tooth decay. The only potential negative effect of fluoride at levels recommended in the UK is teeth discolouration.

19th Jun 2020

Public transport use higher than transport minister claimed

Grant Shapps claimed use of public transport is at 5% of its usual levels, but government figures show it is actually much higher.

18th Jun 2020

Boris Johnson incorrect to say Keir Starmer is “completely wrong” about past trends in child poverty

Mr Starmer said 600,000 more children are in poverty than in 2012, which is correct according to government data on children in low income households.

18th Jun 2020

A Norwegian-British research paper doesn’t claim the virus causing Covid-19 was man-made

There is still no evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus was man-made.

17th Jun 2020

Some children with no recourse to public funds are eligible for free school meals

A question at PMQs by Labour MP Stephen Timms suggested this wasn’t the case. Free school meal eligibility has been temporarily extended to some of these children.

16th Jun 2020

The Covid-19 track and trace app has not been automatically downloaded onto people’s phones

“COVID-19 exposure notifications” is not an app—it is an API that can work with tracing apps if they are downloaded.

16th Jun 2020

What did lockdown rules say when these Labour MPs are claimed to have broken them?

These Labour MPs have either apologised for or defended their actions during lockdown.

16th Jun 2020

Yes, patients were discharged to care homes without Covid-19 tests

Until 15 April there was no requirement to test patients being discharged from hospitals to care homes for Covid-19 in England.