Get the facts: Scotland

23 July 2020

It’s not true that 58% of Covid-19 deaths in Scotland were in care homes

A widely shared Facebook post wrongly claims that 58% of Scotland’s coronavirus deaths took place in care homes.

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It’s not true that 58% of Covid-19 deaths in Scotland were in care homes
14 February 2020

Scotland’s maths and science scores are falling in international tests but rising in national tests

Boris Johnson said maths and science is at record lows in Scotland, where education hasn’t been debated for two years.

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Scotland’s maths and science scores are falling in international tests but rising in national tests
6 December 2019

The Barnett Formula isn’t set out in law

The Barnett Formula didn’t apply when the DUP negotiated £1 billion for Northern Ireland because public spending in England didn’t change.

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The Barnett Formula isn’t set out in law
27 November 2019

SNP manifesto 2019: fact checked

This page will feature all our fact checks on the SNP manifesto for the 2019 general election.

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SNP manifesto 2019: fact checked
20 November 2019

It’s unclear whether an independent Scotland could be forced to join the euro as an EU member

The EU requires most member states to commit to adopting the euro at some point, but in practice it’s unclear whether member states would or could be forced to do …

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It’s unclear whether an independent Scotland could be forced to join the euro as an EU member
15 November 2019

Scottish government uses non-official data on youth unemployment

That data shows Scottish youth unemployment has fallen. But official data shows it has increased in Scotland over the last year.

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Scottish government uses non-official data on youth unemployment
16 October 2019

SNP members voted to commission a plan for pension increases in an independent Scotland

The resolution recommending this said the OECD average of 63% of average earnings should be set as the minimum.

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SNP members voted to commission a plan for pension increases in an independent Scotland
1 June 2018

Would an independent Scotland have to keep the pound and cut public spending?

We look at the findings of a report into what an independent Scottish state could look like.

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Would an independent Scotland have to keep the pound and cut public spending?
3 November 2017

How many countries allow parents to smack children?

A small group of countries in Europe, including the UK, do not have an outright ban on parents smacking children.

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How many countries allow parents to smack children?
3 November 2017

Are fewer parents smacking their children?

Yes, according to the research we’ve seen.

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Are fewer parents smacking their children?
18 May 2017

Scotland: Tax and spending

In recent years more money has been spent in Scotland than has been collected, whether or not you count money collected from the North Sea oil and gas industries.

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Scotland: Tax and spending
11 May 2017

Has the SNP ever been fined for election spending mistakes?

The Electoral Commission told us it has never issued the Scottish National Party with any kind of fine or sanction.

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Has the SNP ever been fined for election spending mistakes?

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