CLAIM: “For every child coming into school in Northern Ireland, they are getting much less than their counterparts in other regions of the United Kingdom.”
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. Public expenditure on pre-primary and primary education in Northern Ireland is least per child (£3,440; UK average: £4,316) and per head of population (£416; UK average: £473). Meanwhile, Northern Ireland has the second highest level of expenditure on overall education per head of population (£1,453); the situation is better explained by the amount spent per head on education subsidies and n.e.c. categories (£257; UK average: £102). Continue reading Do our primary pupils receive least per child?
CLAIM: “…a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland, mainly to the North West of England and Scotland, and only a third of those who graduate return back home.”
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. The claim that “a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland” is closer to a quarter. Continue reading Do a third of graduates return to Northern Ireland?
CLAIM: 60% of sales from Northern Ireland go to Great Britain.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE; however the true figure is closer to 56%. Continue reading Does Northern Ireland sell 60% of its goods to Great Britain?
CLAIM: Over 29,000 incidents of domestic violence and abuse took place in Northern Ireland in 2017.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. Continue reading Were there over 29,000 cases of domestic violence and abuse in 2016-17?
CLAIM: Seventy percent of people in Northern Ireland and the majority of its Assembly Members support marriage equality for LGBT couples.
Continue reading Is there majority support for marriage equality?
CLAIM: All taxis can use bus lanes in many cities in Ireland and the UK.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. True in Ireland, but most UK cities only allow public taxis access, not private-hire cars. Continue reading Are all taxis allowed in bus lanes?