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Are 40,000 people in NI on the Housing Executive waiting list, with 30,000 of those in housing stress?
18 May 2022

CLAIM: Over 40,000 people in Northern Ireland are on the Housing Executive waiting list - with 30,000 of them in ‘housing stress’ - yet only around 2,000 social or affordable homes are built each year.

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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)

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Environment

Do 25 of NI’s 27 main ‘economic hubs’ have creaking water and sewage infrastructure that is holding back development?
4 May 2022

CLAIM: The DUP’s manifesto claims that 25 of NI’s 27 economic hub towns have compromised water infrastructure - with only 12 set to see investment by 2027.

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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

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Was the Tories’ £20 cut to Universal Credit the biggest overnight drop in welfare since World War II?
4 May 2022

CLAIM: When the Conservative government in Westminster removed £20 per week from individuals’ social security payments in October 2021, this represented the biggest single reduction in benefits since 1945.

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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

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Did the early collapse of the Executive leave £334m public money sitting on a shelf?
28 April 2022

CLAIM: Sinn Fein’s manifesto says the premature disintegration of the Executive left £334m of funding unallocated and, had the First and deputy First Ministers remained in place, this money could have provided relief around the rising cost of living.

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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.

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Europe

Do 20% of EU customs checks take place in the Irish Sea?
24 March 2022

CLAIM: 20% of EU customs checks take place in the Irish Sea.

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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

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Europe

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Explainer

Economic effects of the Northern Ireland Protocol
8 February 2022

The claim that the Northern Ireland Protocol “costs £900 million to Northern Ireland” annually is based on two articles by economist Dr Esmond Birnie.

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

Economy

Has the economy in Derry/Londonderry contracted 21% since 2007?
31 January 2022

CLAIM: The economy in Derry/Londonderry has contracted 21% since the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007.

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This claim is inaccurate. Since 2007, economic output in the Derry and Strabane area has grown by 15% whether measured by Gross Value Added (GVA)

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Europe

Is what Northern Ireland buys from Great Britain four times more valuable than from Ireland?
27 January 2022

CLAIM: Northern Ireland purchases from Great Britain are four times more valuable than those from Ireland.

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This claim is accurate. In 2019, the ratio of the estimated total value of Northern Ireland purchases from Great Britain (£13.4bn) to purchases from Ireland

Economy

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Explainer

Childcare provision in Northern Ireland
8 December 2021

EXPLAINER: Updating FactCheckNI's previous analysis of childcare provision in Northern Ireland with comparison to other UK regions and Ireland.

A recent survey published by Employers For Childcare examined the status of childcare provision in Northern Ireland. This explainer article updates our previous analysis and

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Environment

Does Northern Ireland produce enough to feed 10 million people?
16 November 2021

CLAIM: Northern Ireland produces enough to feed 10 million people (annually).

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The Northern Ireland agricultural sector produces enough protein to meet the needs of 10m adults. However, production is only sufficient to meet the energy requirements

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Europe

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Law

Does the Northern Ireland protocol require certain aspects of EU law to apply in Northern Ireland and can this only happen if they are incorporated into Northern Ireland law?
23 September 2021

CLAIM: The Northern Ireland Protocol requires certain aspects of EU law to apply in Northern Ireland but this can only happen if they are incorporated into Northern Ireland law.

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Certain aspects of EU law do still apply in Northern Ireland as a result of the Protocol, but these do not have to be incorporated

Economy

Are business rates in Larne the same as Regent Street in London?
24 June 2021

CLAIM: Business rates on Main Street in Larne are the same as Regent Street in London.

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This claim is inaccurate. Higher property values in Regent Street mean that average rates are much higher there than Main Street in Larne. In an article