MPs are set to receive a pay rise of 1.8 per cent this year, bringing their total salary to £77,379. Announcing the decision, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said it was increasing wages to keep them in line with public sector pay. FactCheck looks at the bigger picture.
The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has argued with a top EU official over proposals to ban plastic drinking straws. He suggested the EU was holding back UK ambitions to ban them, but Frans Timmermans responded by claiming the EU was actually “one step ahead”. So what’s the truth?
The government has developed new technology which can “automatically detect terrorist content” online.
Last week, the Freemasons took out a full-page advert in several newspapers claiming that its members felt “stigmatised”. It followed news reports about the fraternal organisation, questioning their influence in policing and politics. In response, the Freemasons called for a change in attitudes and highlighted their extensive charity work. But do their arguments stack up?
There have been calls for new laws to tackle online abuse. But legislation already rules against everything from threats to harassment and grossly offensive messages. So is the problem in policing, rather than the law?
Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would “immediately purchase 8,000 properties across the country” to house homeless people. The policy has been effective in other countries, but Labour’s numbers are less convincing.
The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has hinted at the prospect of building a road bridge between the UK and France. FactCheck asks whether such a project would be feasible – and what challenges engineers would be up against.
The Transport Secretary said that unions “caused the vast majority of disruption” on the Southern rail network. But the report he based this on used personal judgement, not statistics.
There are deep divisions among mental health professionals regarding questions about Donald Trump’s mental health. FactCheck looks into the details.
Schools in England could be raising around £150m a year from voluntary donations, research by Channel 4 News suggests. With tight budgets, some headteachers told us they are increasingly reliant on donations to plug the gaps. In November, a primary school in Theresa May’s constituency wrote to parents asking for donations to help pay for items…
2017 has been a busy year for FactCheck. With a snap election and the start of Brexit negotiations, politicians have churned out a stream of lies, half-truths and misleading claims. Here are the lowlights of 2017, which were exposed by FactCheck. 1. Jeremy Hunt was wrong about NHS staffing Speaking on World Mental Health Day,…
Incredible revelations about Bob Marley are circulating on the internet. According to the story, a retired CIA officer with weeks to live has confessed to assassinating the singer. But it’s fake news.
America’s Federal Communications Commission recently revealed plans to overturn net neutrality rules that were brought in under Obama. But there have been protests from many of the biggest web firms, and outcry from thousands of consumers.
As the FBI investigates claims that Russian meddling helped Donald Trump become president, FactCheck looks at America’s own track record of interfering with democratic elections.
North Korea has obtained the money, knowledge and materials to build nuclear missiles which – it claims – can reach American soil. But it would be in this position without help from the outside world. FactCheck follows North Korea’s nuclear trail, from the Soviet Union to South London.