Universal Credit

fact checks around claims made and misinformation about the Universal Credit programme

1 April 2022

2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context

The Trussell Trust did provide about 27 times more food parcels at the end of David Cameron’s time in office than it had at the beginning—but this doesn’t mean food …

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2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context
25 March 2022

The House of Lords’ daily allowance is about what Universal Credit pays in a month—but peers don’t get it every day

This is the daily allowance for doing parliamentary work in the House. However, not all Lords can claim it, or do.

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The House of Lords’ daily allowance is about what Universal Credit pays in a month—but peers don’t get it every day
17 September 2021

Universal Credit: Do politicians' claims about working more hours add up?

The Conservatives and Labour gave very different figures for how much longer claimants would have to work to offset the end of the £20 uplift

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Universal Credit: Do politicians' claims about working more hours add up?
29 October 2020

£24,000 doesn’t represent what most Universal Credit claimants receive

Lee Anderson MP used the figure to argue against all Universal Credit claimants being entitled to free school meals.

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£24,000 doesn’t represent what most Universal Credit claimants receive
27 October 2020

It’s possible to receive financial support above the benefits cap, but this does not apply to the majority of households

Most households receive payments below the benefits cap.

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It’s possible to receive financial support above the benefits cap, but this does not apply to the majority of households
8 October 2020

This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate

It underestimates the spending on benefits for people seeking asylum and uses a disputed estimate of the tax gap to talk about tax avoidance.

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This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate
5 August 2020

Universal Credit monthly allowance is more than House of Lords daily allowance – for now

Temporary increases to Universal Credit introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic mean the monthly allowance is now higher than the daily allowance for peers in the House of Lords.

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Universal Credit monthly allowance is more than House of Lords daily allowance – for now
15 May 2020

Claims about who’s paid by the state aren’t very meaningful

People can be supported by the state in lots of ways, by employment, benefits or pensions.

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Claims about who’s paid by the state aren’t very meaningful
25 February 2020

Some pensioners will lose £70 a week, but Boris Johnson didn’t introduce the change

Some pensioners will lose £70 a week under reforms set out in 2007 Pensions Act.

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Some pensioners will lose £70 a week, but Boris Johnson didn’t introduce the change
7 February 2020

Universal Credit has not got 200,000 people into work

The prime minister is wrong to claim that a government prediction about the benefits of Universal Credit has already come true.

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Universal Credit has not got 200,000 people into work

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