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March 2, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Everyone agrees that we are not building enough houses, and that the lack of supply is making homes unaffordable for many people.

But all the main parties are proposing different solutions.

Today David Cameron announced a new Conservative policy: a Tory government would aim to build 200,000 new homes over the next parliament for first-time homeowners to buy at a 20 per cent discount.

What’s in the small print?

02 build g1 FactCheck: can Cameron solve the housing crisis?

Who’s got the worst record on housing?

Both Labour and the coalition like to highlight each other’s failure to oversee the construction of enough houses.

Ed Miliband has repeatedly accused Mr Cameron of presiding over the lowest level of homes built in peacetime since the 1920s. The exact same charge is levelled at Labour on the government’s website.

Both claims are substantially right and there isn’t much to choose between the parties.

Government figures say 137,450 dwellings were completed in 2010/11, which was the lowest since records began in 1969. But completions fell even lower to 135,510 under the coalition in 2012/13.

If you go by calendar year not financial year, show slightly fewer homes were built under Labour spending plans in 2010 (137,280) than in 2013 (137,980). The 2010 total is the lowest since World War Two. (more…)

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February 27, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Labour says its plans to cut tuition fees will make the system “more progressive”. Others says poor students will be worse off. Who’s right?

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February 26, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

An embarrassment for the government or proof that we need a new deal with Europe? FactCheck looks behind the immigration headlines.

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February 24, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Greens had a nightmare start to their election campaign today as leader Natalie Bennett fluffed her facts and figures. Is there any substance to Green policies?

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February 23, 2015 17 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A Ukip government would spend an extra £3bn a year on the NHS. Where will the money come from – and will it be enough to pay for all the promises?

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February 19, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Pro-Russian separatists have been accused of breaching Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire. But Moscow says they have done nothing wrong. Who’s right?

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February 18, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Chelsea fans have been filmed abusing a black man on the Paris Metro. An isolated incident – or proof that racism is still alive and well in English football?

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February 17, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Does this government deal with tax dodgers as robustly as benefits cheats? FactCheck finds out.

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February 11, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron says his government has done more than any other to crack down on tax dodgers. But where’s the proof?

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