Full Fact is a registered charity so we are legally required to be ‘objective, ‘balanced’, and to observe ‘strict political neutrality’. We monitor media, politicians and pressure groups across the political spectrum.
When publishing roundups (multiple claims from a TV show/debate), if we check a claim from a member of the government, we ensure that we also check one from the member of the official opposition (and vice versa). We also ensure that we do not only check claims from one person in a roundup, and aim for balance from across the debate.
Our policy is to attempt to contact the claimant about their evidence before writing.
We link to primary sources for our factual assertions.
We seek guidance from neutral external experts on particularly complex or specialist topics.
We operate a two-tier factchecker process so all articles go through two people. All factchecks and updates/corrections are reviewed by a senior researcher before publication and our director if the topic is politically sensitive.
Reviewing is restricted to experienced factcheckers. Our six week training programme covers statistics, impartiality, polling and surveys, making graphs, and good communication. Please see attached our reviewing checklist, which is not exhaustive.
Factchecks have a standardised claim and conclusion intended to guide not dictate readers’ conclusions.
Examples of our factchecking:
Claims made by the Conservative party:
Do conservative councils recycle more than Labour ones? - 16 April 2019
Prime Minister’s pension claims don’t adjust for inflation - 9 April 2019
Claims made by the Labour party:
3. Do Labour councils cost you £350 less in council tax? - 10 April 2019
4. Have 200,000 nurses quit the NHS? - 4 April 2019
Claims made by supporters of the UK remaining in the EU:
5. This image on the costs of Brexit is very misleading - 29 March
6. There almost certainly weren’t a million people on the People’s Vote march - 25 March
Claims made by supporters of the UK leaving the EU:
7. Does the public want no deal? - 10 April
8. Is the government prepared for no deal Brexit? - 9 April
Claims made by the media:
9. Front page error from the Times about how much private schools save taxpayers - May 2019
Live factchecking of political debates:
10. https://twitter.com/i/moments/1126117365790519296 (a collection of tweets from our live factchecking of Prime Minister’s Questions) - May 2019