Welfare

Fact checks related to the welfare of the country, the welfare state, state spending, poverty and pensions

8 September 2021

What the National Insurance rise means for the tax burden

It’s been claimed the NI rise will take the tax burden to the highest level “in history”, in peacetime, since 1948, since 1950 and since 1969.

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What the National Insurance rise means for the tax burden
22 July 2021

Boris Johnson was wrong to say that “everybody” is entitled to extra self-isolation support

People are not entitled to the equivalent of the living wage while they self-isolate, and a £500 support payment is only for those on benefits or in hardship.

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Boris Johnson was wrong to say that “everybody” is entitled to extra self-isolation support
19 January 2021

Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals

Schools are required to provide lunches to eligible pupils either directly or using vouchers.

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Clearing up some of the confusion over free school meals
26 October 2020

How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points

There are so many ways to measure poverty that it is hard to know what’s really going on—as MPs proved on Wednesday.

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How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points
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
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
14 January 2020

State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy

Public spending amounts to around 40% of the size of the economy. It’s been smaller before. It’s also been bigger before.

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State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy
28 November 2019

Angela Rayner uses exaggerated figure for number of WASPI women in poverty

Ms Rayner said millions of women have fallen into poverty because of changes to the pension age. We don’t know the number for certain but it is certainly not millions.

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Angela Rayner uses exaggerated figure for number of WASPI women in poverty

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