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Are 40,000 people in NI on the Housing Executive waiting list, with 30,000 of those in housing stress?

The Ulster Unionist Party manifesto for the 2022 Assembly Election says: “Unfortunately, over 40,000 people in Northern Ireland are on the NI Housing Executive (NIHE) waiting list of whom 30,000

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The NI Protocol: what power do local MLAs have?

The NI Protocol means that Northern Ireland remains in the EU’s single market for goods – unlike England, Scotland and Wales. It was agreed by the UK and EU and

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Do 25 of NI’s 27 main ‘economic hubs’ have creaking water and sewage infrastructure that is holding back development?

The DUP manifesto for the 2022 Assembly election claims: “The crisis in available water and sewerage capacity in Northern Ireland is curtailing economic investment and access to fair and affordable

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Was the Tories’ £20 cut to Universal Credit the biggest overnight drop in welfare since World War II?

The SDLP manifesto for the 2022 Assembly election claims: “The £20 Universal Credit cut marked the largest overnight welfare cut since World War II.” This is accurate, with some provisos

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Do nearly 30% of NI’s carbon emissions come from farming, compared with 10% in the rest of the UK?

The Alliance Party’s 2022 Assembly election manifesto claims: “Addressing our agriculture and transport sectors is fundamental to drastically reducing emissions in Northern Ireland. Nearly 30% of Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas

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Did the early collapse of the Executive leave £334m public money sitting on a shelf?

At least £334m in public funds for 2022-23 is currently gathering dust. No clear way to allocate this money exists without an Executive in place. Although some unusual bureaucratic fixes

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Are children entitled to free school meals 29 percentage points less likely than their peers to get good GCSEs? Has this attainment gap barely closed in over a decade?

Data shows that in 2018-2019, 49.5% of FSME school leavers had at least five GCSEs including English and maths, compared to 78.5% of their non-FSME peers – a gap of

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Do most UUP voters intend to transfer to nationalist parties ahead of other unionists in the May elections?

Only 7% of UUP voters plan to switch to a nationalist party first, according to the survey. While 31% say their first move will be to Alliance, that isn’t a

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Is the UK ranked 14th in Europe for the number of asylum seekers it processes and accepts?

Figures for 2020 show that the UK was 20th among Euro nations for asylum applications received per head of population, and 19th for applications granted. The UK did receive six

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Do 20% of EU customs checks take place in the Irish Sea?

It is unclear how this figure was calculated. Neither the DUP, DAERA nor the European Commission could confirm the figure. On 14 January 2022, the DUP published a document, “7

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Is there a 50% chance of hospitalisation with Omicron if you don’t get a COVID-19 booster jab?

Data published by the UK Health Security Agency at the time of the claim suggested that with two doses, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation due to Omicron was 52%. However, vaccine

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Economic effects of the Northern Ireland Protocol

While economic models are a recognised way of using simple frameworks to illustrate complex processes, they are often based on assumptions and are ultimately tested over time by actual economic

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