Universal Credit

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

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

Posts on Facebook have claimed Boris Johnson is taking £70 a week away from pensioners.

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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 has already come true.

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Universal Credit has not got 200,000 people into work
26 October 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 25 October 2018 came from Barrow-in-Furness. Topics covered included Brexit, austerity, Trident and non-disclosure agreements.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
23 October 2018

Universal Credit isn’t the reason there are 1,000 more people a day in work

The total increase in employment could be driven by many things, especially population increase.

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Universal Credit isn’t the reason there are 1,000 more people a day in work
12 October 2018

200,000 more people in work under Universal Credit? The government can’t know the answer

The National Audit Office says the government will never be able to measure whether Universal Credit leads to 200,000 more people in work.

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200,000 more people in work under Universal Credit? The government can’t know the answer

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