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factfiction108 FactCheck: Are young people being priced out of living where they grow up?The claim

“In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice. This might be to find work, but more and more, it is to find a home that they can afford.”
Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, 2 July 2015

The background

Are young people being forced to move away from where they grew up, thanks to lack of affordable housing?

That was the claim from Greg Clark today, who told a Local Government Association conference that the “defining test” for current politicians was ending the housing crisis.

He said: “For centuries, to be exiled – to be sent away – was considered to be an extreme penalty, reserved for the most serious of offences against the community.

“If we want to maintain the chain of community – and a place for the next generation – then we must make sure we have the homes to welcome them to. The responsibility lies with us – national and local leaders alike.”

Are young people really being increasingly “exiled” from where they grew up? (more…)

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June 30, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron says only the US has hit the Islamic State group with more air strikes than Britain. Is the UK really doing enough in Iraq?

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June 24, 2015 15 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Will the Queen really lose millions if the Scottish Government takes over the Crown Estate assets north of the border? Errr… no.

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June 23, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives say they have to find £12bn from a £220bn welfare budget. Do the numbers add up – and where should the axe fall?

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June 19, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Barack Obama says America is the only developed country where gun massacres are commonplace. Is he right?

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June 18, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

US citizens still buy in to the idea that anyone can make it from rags to riches. But research suggests social mobility could be more of an American nightmare.

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June 16, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Do you have to be posh to get to the top in modern Britain? Or is a private education a waste of money? FactCheck looks at the evidence…

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June 11, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers say the taxpayer will end up making a profit after bailing out the banks to the tune of £100bn. But are they telling us the whole story?

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June 10, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Thousands of migrant workers have reportedly lost their lives working on World-Cup related construction in Qatar. But Qatar says no one has died. Who’s right?

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May 21, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives announce another immigration crackdown – on the same day new figures show they are still missing their net migration target.

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