Economy introductions: the size of government debt
An introduction to government debt
Pensioners in poverty
Latest figures suggest two million pensioners are in relative poverty, but the rate is much lower than it was decades ago.
Are 40% of welfare claimants pensioners?
There aren't readily-available estimates for the proportion of all welfare claimants who are pensioners or of working age.
“Average working families” and the Budget
This week’s Budget won’t make “average working families” £1,400 worse off, although that’s roughly the right ballpark for the long-term impact of tax and benefit changes.
Amendments to PIP legislation
People who were assessed for Personal Independence Payments before the tribunal decisions on 29 November won’t see their payments fall.
Disability benefits: spending on the rise?
Overall spending on disability benefits is forecast to increase in the coming years, even after inflation is taken into account.
How does the new benefit cap affect single mothers?
The new benefit cap is introduced on 7 November 2016. We look whether it affects single mothers, large families and those with higher rents more than others.
The IFS and the benefit cap
The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that the benefit cap used to almost exclusively affect families with a lot of children or high rents, but not any more.
Welfare sanctions and homelessness
A survey found that 39% of homeless people had been sanctioned. 21% became homeless because of it.
The changing face of welfare
Since 2010 the government has introduced a number of changes to the welfare system. We looked at how things have changed.
Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber tax inspectors 10:1?
We’ve looked into claims comparing the number of benefit fraud and tax evasion investigators.
Is spending on disability benefits going up or down?
Competing claims about spending on disability benefits count different types of disability benefits.
Universal Credit: will it "make work pay"?
There have been conflicting claims over whether Universal Credit will "make work pay".