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March 31, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The claim

fiction108 FactCheck: has the mental health budget been cut?“The mental health budget has not been cut. It has actually gone up in real terms and we can show you the numbers.”
Jeremy Hunt, Channel 4 News, 24 March 2015

The background

Conservative health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, his Lib Dem colleague Norman Lamb and Labour shadow Andy Burnham had a bit of a ding-dong on Channel 4 News last week.

Both coalition ministers were keen to deny accusations from Mr Burnham that the coalition has presided over cuts to spending on mental health in this parliament:

With Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg promising today to spend an extra £3.5bn on mental health over the next parliament, it seems a good time to look at the coalition’s record on mental health – an area currently overseen by a Lib Dem minister. (more…)

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March 30, 2015 12 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are putting their handling of the economy at the centre of the election battle. But not everything has gone according to plan.

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March 24, 2015 12 Comments By Patrick Worrall

All the main parties say the NHS will be safe in their hands. But how will they plug what experts say is a £30bn funding gap?

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March 23, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Ed Miliband made a big pitch to voters today in a speech to the Labour faithful in Clydebank. Some opinion polls are suggesting the party could face a landslide defeat by the SNP north of the

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Before the last election, Nick Clegg said it was “time to say goodbye to broken promises”. Did he keep his word?

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March 19, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour says people are £1,600 worse off under the coalition. George Osborne says we will be £900 better off. Who’s right?

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March 18, 2015 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

We’ve already looked at the pre-election promises David Cameron made but failed to deliver after becoming Prime Minister. Now it’s Labour’s turn.

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March 17, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

What David Cameron said would happen before the last election – and what really happened.

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