Did DUP MPs vote against pay rises for nurses, firefighters, and police officers?

CLAIM: DUP MPs voted against a pay rise for nurses, firefighters, and police officers.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION: On 28 June 2017, all 10 DUP MPs voted against an amendment on the Queen’s Speech, to end the public sector pay cap. On 13 September 2017, Ian Paisley MP spoke in favour of the passed motion to lift the pay cap in the NHS. However, as a result of the devolved Agenda for Change arrangement, the agreed pay awards do not automatically extend to NHS nurses in Northern Ireland. Continue reading Did DUP MPs vote against pay rises for nurses, firefighters, and police officers?

Does Brexit deal mean no forms to access Great Britain?

CLAIM: The current negotiated deal for the UK leaving the EU outlines no forms, checks, or barriers of any kind for goods leaving Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

CONCLUSION: INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. While no customs export declaration forms would be required (as Northern Ireland will remain in a UK-wide customs area), exit summary declarations will be required to move goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. These declarations represent a new intervention, in addition to existing checks. Continue reading Does Brexit deal mean no forms to access Great Britain?

Do Northern Ireland arts need a 660% uplift in government funding?

CLAIM: Northern Ireland requires a 660% uplift in government expenditure to be equal to the European Union average of 2.2%

CONCLUSION: INACCURATE. UK government expenditure on cultural services (measured by Eurostat) is just over half of the EU average. Within the UK, public expenditure in Northern Ireland is less than half than in Scotland, Wales, and England. However, Arts Matter Northern Ireland uses European statistics that reach beyond the arts, and make an invalid comparison between EU figures and public expenditure arts spend within the UK. Continue reading Do Northern Ireland arts need a 660% uplift in government funding?

Accessing abortion services in Northern Ireland

Accessing abortion services in Northern Ireland
by Orna YOUNG for FactCheckNI
11 October 2019

There have been changes in the accessibility of abortion services in Northern Ireland. In this article, FactCheckNI seeks to provide both a historical and contemporary context for these changes, and to clarify the new guidelines. Continue reading Accessing abortion services in Northern Ireland

Did 20,000 people participate in an anti-abortion march in Belfast?

CLAIM: 20,000 people marched for a pro-life event in Belfast on 7 September 2019.

CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. The figure provided by the event organiser cannot be substantiated. However, the accompanying rally event at Custom House Square could not have been attended by more than the venue capacity of 5,000 people. Continue reading Did 20,000 people participate in an anti-abortion march in Belfast?

Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists 100 times more than England’s?

CLAIM: 105,486 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland, which is 100 times more than in England, with its population 30 times greater.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. 105,486 and 1,089 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland and England, respectively. The estimated population of Northern Ireland and England is 55,977,178 and 1,881,600, respectively. Continue reading Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists 100 times more than England’s?