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April 27, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour have been attacked from voices across the political spectrum after pledging to change the rules on private renting.

A Labour government would make three-year tenancies the norm and would stop landlords from raising the rent above CPI inflation for length of the tenancy.

Conservative ministers have queued up to denounce what they call “rent control” while voices from the left have criticised the plan as well.

But some of the facts have got lost in the shouting.

27 rental r FactCheck: Generation Rent   what theyre not telling us

factfiction108 FactCheck: Generation Rent   what theyre not telling us“Too many people are struggling with the rising cost of renting…”
Labour press release, 27 April 2015

It’s debatable whether this is a nationwide problem. ONS figures show rents across England went up by about 11.5 per cent between May 2010 and March 2015 – almost identical to the increase in CPI inflation over the same period.

There were significant real-terms increases in some areas like London, and alternative indices show higher prices rises across the country.

But official statistics suggest that the thing Labour wants – for rents to rise in line with inflation – has been happening anyway across England in the long-term. (more…)

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April 24, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are promising an “English rate of income tax” voted for by English MPs. But what does the small print say?

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April 23, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The IFS has scathing words for all the biggest parties as it accuses them of not being straight with voters over spending plans.

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April 22, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s biggest food bank charity says more than 1 million needy people received free food in 2014/15, the biggest number on record. The Trussell Trust says it gave food aid to 1,084,604

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April 15, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ukip say their manifesto is fully costed and the numbers have been checked by independent economists. Sounds good. Is it true?

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April 14, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives want to sell off the most valuable council houses to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants. Do the numbers add up?

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April 13, 2015 1 Comment By Ziad Alhasso

Labour claim to have the only fully-costed election manifesto. But do the numbers add up?

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April 8, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Non-doms are the villain of the piece, according to Labour’s latest election pledge. Who are they and are they really dodging massive tax bills?

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April 2, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Nigel Farage has accused the BBC of bias for questioning him about problems with Ukip election candidates. Does the complaint stand up?

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