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17 May 2022

Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills

A claim made by Robert Halfon MP, who is in favour of scrapping green levies, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and repeated elsewhere is inaccurate.

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Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills
17 May 2022

Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis is the latest cabinet minister to claim that employment is higher than before the pandemic, when it is not.

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Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures
17 May 2022

BlackRock doesn’t own 75% of Ancestry

A Facebook claim that the investment management firm BlackRock has a majority stake in the genealogy website ancestry.com is false.

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BlackRock doesn’t own 75% of Ancestry
16 May 2022

£37 billion was the two-year budget for NHS Test and Trace, not how much was spent

Posts questioning where the £37 billion allocated to Test and Trace was spent have been shared hundreds of times on social media.

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£37 billion was the two-year budget for NHS Test and Trace, not how much was spent
16 May 2022

There’s no evidence Jean-Claude Van Damme is Muslim

A quote about him not getting job offers after converting to Islam is likely false.

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There’s no evidence Jean-Claude Van Damme is Muslim
13 May 2022

Amber Heard did not quote The Talented Mr Ripley during trial

A viral claim that the actor quoted a film during the opening lines of her testimony during the trial of a defamation case brought against her by Johnny Depp is …

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Amber Heard did not quote The Talented Mr Ripley during trial
13 May 2022

Facebook image promoting vaccine damage payments scheme is not an official government poster

The poster includes a link to a genuine scheme, which has existed since before the pandemic, under which people severely disabled by vaccines can apply for £120,000.

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Facebook image promoting vaccine damage payments scheme is not an official government poster
13 May 2022

Covid vaccines haven’t been mandated in the EU ‘under the radar’ under ‘Resolution 2361’

A post on Facebook claims that the European Council has removed its objection to mandatory Covid-19 vaccines.

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Covid vaccines haven’t been mandated in the EU ‘under the radar’ under ‘Resolution 2361’
13 May 2022

No evidence John Lennon quote about happiness is real

Despite versions being shared many times online, there’s no evidence the former Beatle ever said it.

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No evidence John Lennon quote about happiness is real
13 May 2022

No evidence inspiring Facebook quote comes from Sir Anthony Hopkins

Advice that people should “say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure” appears to have been written by the founder of an online lifestyle brand in …

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No evidence inspiring Facebook quote comes from Sir Anthony Hopkins
12 May 2022

Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey

The data comes from members of the NASUWT teaching union who chose to complete its survey, so it can’t reliably tell us about the wellbeing of teachers as a whole.

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Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey
12 May 2022

No hard evidence behind claim holidaymakers have 50% chance of ‘timely’ passport renewal

This figure is an estimate from an economic consultancy and doesn’t appear to be based on statistical data.

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No hard evidence behind claim holidaymakers have 50% chance of ‘timely’ passport renewal

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