CLAIM: Nearly 1,900 jobs created by Belfast City Council in 6 months.
CONCLUSION: Inaccurate. 420 new jobs created plus 447 job vacancies filled. An unknown number of new jobs have been created from council’s City for Investment service. Continue reading Were 1,900 jobs created by Belfast City Council?
CLAIM: The number of homes in Northern Ireland that have had their housing supplementary payments removed has increased five times more in the past year.
CONCLUSION: Accurate with considerations. The 140 households whose top-up payments ceased in the past year is four times more than the 35 households in the previous year. Also, we do not know the current status of the 175 households whose top-up payments have ceased. As of 30/9/2018, there are 32,378 households who are receiving the supplementary payments. Continue reading Homes paying bedroom tax increased fivefold?
CLAIM: Over one million lights will illuminate Lisburn city centre during a seasonal festival.
CONCLUSION: Marketing material for Lisburn Light Festival considerably overestimates the number of lights in the organised display. Our visual estimate of the main components suggests that there are around 200,000 lights, far short of the “over one million lights” estimate. Continue reading Over 1 million lights in Lisburn?
CLAIM: “City Deals” by the UK Government are part of the Democratic Unionist Party’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Conservative Party.
CONCLUSION: Unclear. (“False” in an earlier version of this fact check.) The DUP claim that “City Deals are part of our Confidence and Supply Agreement” is not explicitly referenced in the text of the Confidence and Supply Agreement they made with the Conservative Party, nor referenced by the Chancellor Philip Hammond in delivering his “Financial Statement” (29/10/2018). But as part of discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP, the UK Government committed itself to working with the Northern Ireland Executive and other stakeholders towards city deals in Northern Ireland. The Belfast Regional City Deal was negotiated and agreed among Belfast City Council, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and the UK Government.
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CLAIM: There are 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland who have no home.
CONCLUSION: Misleading headline from estimated data. The figure is based on estimations of incomplete data and does not distinguish between statutory and “potential hidden homeless”. The majority of the estimated latter represent non-dependent (adult) children living in the parental household. More accurate data may come from collection by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or independent research. Continue reading Are there 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland with no home?
CLAIM: There are 12,500 millionaires living in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: Unproven. The information published by Barclays Wealth & Investments contains proprietary data and cannot be checked. There is also a lack of official data on wealth in Northern Ireland. Continue reading Are there 12,500 millionaires living in Northern Ireland?