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The ITV Leaders' Debate, fact-checked

The team of fact-checkers from Full Fact were with ITV News to debunk and analyse the leaders' claims during the ITV Leaders' Debate on Thursday.

A number of topics were debated, including grammar schools, the deficit, housing benefit and foreign aid.

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Fact-checked: 'Landlords take £8 billion in housing benefits a year'

Landlords take around £8 billion a year in rent.

Around £8 billion in government payments goes to private landlords every year, according to Green co-leader Caroline Lucas.

Ms Lucas is right.

This year about £8.8 billion in housing benefit will go to private landlords, via tenants renting privately.

It’s been more in previous years.

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