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Is loss of rental accommodation consistently a top reason why people in NI become homeless?
13 June 2024

CLAIM: Loss of rental accommodation remains in the top three reasons for homelessness in NI. In 2022-23, a total of 2,892 households presented as homeless for this reason – the most since 2007-08.

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its strategic plan for 2024-29, housing advice and advocacy charity Housing Rights claimed: “Losing rental accommodation remains in the top three reasons for homelessness. “2,892

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Health

Are UK child poverty rates over seven times higher than those in Scandinavia?
23 April 2024

CLAIM: Child poverty rates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are between 2.4% and 3.6% – while in the UK they are 28.3%.

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On 26 March in a post on social media, BBC NI journalist Mandy McAuley made a claim about recent child poverty figures in the UK

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Health

Are unpaid carers worth hundreds of millions of pounds per year to Northern Ireland?
19 April 2024

CLAIM: Unpaid carers provide the equivalent of hundreds of millions of pounds of work every year, while the Department of Communities spends only 2% of its budget on Carer’s Allowance.

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On 28 February in a post on social media, Carers NI public affairs manager Craig Harrison claimed: “2%… That’s the amount of DfC’s budget spent

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Economy

Can Northern Ireland landlords get larger rates reductions than renters and owner-occupiers?
11 January 2024

CLAIM: Renters and owner-occupiers may have to pay their rates in full, while landlords can get a 10% allowance off their own rates bills. Since 1996, the private rental sector has grown significantly – from negligible size to around 13% of homes today, a similar proportion to the Housing Executive and all housing associations combined.

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On 25 October in an article for the Belfast Telegraph, journalist and policy expert Paul Gosling claimed that: “As landlords, we are given a discount

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Peace

Did the Executive promise equal cash to rebuild Windsor Park, Casement Park and Ravenhill?
11 December 2023

CLAIM: The NI Executive’s commitment to provide financial support for new football, GAA and rugby stadiums involved an equal split between sports.

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On 10 November in a post on social media, Loyalist campaigner Jamie Bryson claimed: “[The construction of the three stadiums – at Ravenhill, Windsor and

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Topics

Have social housing waiting lists almost doubled in 20 years?
26 October 2023

CLAIM: Two decades ago, around 26,000 people were waiting for social housing. Now that figure is over 45,000.

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On 7 October, an article in the Belfast Telegraph claimed: “Two decades ago, 26,248 people were waiting for social housing. Now more than 45,000 are

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Economy

Has Northern Ireland been in fiscal deficit for most – or indeed all – of its existence?
20 September 2023

CLAIM: SDLP MLA Matthew O’Toole claimed that, since it came into being a century ago, Northern Ireland has been a net recipient of UK Government funding - either in most years, or in every single year.

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During a speech at a New Ireland Commission event on August 23, SDLP MLA Matthew O’Toole said: “Northern Ireland has been in fiscal deficit for

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Topics

Is the EU contributing €1 billion to the PEACE PLUS fund for Northern Ireland?
13 September 2023

CLAIM: The Irish News claimed that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic in Belfast to announce €1 billion of EU funding for Northern Ireland.

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On September 11 2023 The Irish News tweeted:  “Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has joined EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic in Belfast to announce €1 billion of EU

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Economy

Is arts funding per capita almost five times higher in Ireland than it is in Northern Ireland?
4 July 2023

CLAIM: Central arts funding per capita in Northern Ireland is £4.72 per year, compared with £22.50 per person, per year in Ireland.

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On 10 May, the Arts Council NI claimed on Twitter: “Our Director of Arts Development @Gcampbellini & Director of Strategic Development & Partnerships @karlygreene highlight

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Economy

Are Treasury contributions to NI going down? Is local spending rising by only 3.6% while it rises by 6% in England?
1 June 2023

CLAIM: Treasury contributions to NI public services are going down. At the same time, by 2025 spending in England is set to rise by 6% while spending here will go up by 3.6%.

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DUP MPs Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Gavin Robinson both recently claimed in press releases issued at the end of April that: “The Treasury contribution to

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Economy

Does NI have the lowest wages, slowest economy, lowest productivity and highest economic inactivity in the UK and Ireland?
23 May 2023

CLAIM: Northern Ireland has the lowest wages, lowest economic growth, lowest productivity, and highest economic inactivity in the UK and Ireland.

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In its manifesto published ahead of the 2023 local government elections, Sinn Fein claimed: “The north has the lowest wages, lowest economic growth, lowest productivity,

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Elections

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Peace

Do divisions in society cost Northern Ireland between £400m and £830m every year?
16 May 2023

CLAIM: The cost of social division to the public purse in NI ranges between £400m and £830m every year.

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In its manifesto issued ahead of the 2023 local government elections, the Alliance Party claimed: “The current estimates of the cost of division range between