4th Jul 2017
Prime Minister’s pension claims don’t adjust for inflation
Theresa May said the Conservatives have increased the basic state pension by over £1,450. That’s correct in cash terms, but once you account for inflation it’s around £550 more.
What happens to the money from National Insurance Contributions?
Surplus funds from National Insurance Contributions in the UK are currently invested towards reducing the national debt.
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.
Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?
The ratio is lower than this, and it’s hard to compare staffing levels for fundamentally different jobs.
Can people with terminal illnesses be declared fit to work?
There are cases reported by the media and charities where this has happened, although the government has said it isn’t supposed to.
Falsely claiming to live alone accounts for around 9% of benefit fraud
Benefit claimants saying they were single, when in fact they lived as a couple with another person, was probably the fourth most common type of benefit fraud in 2016/17.
What help is available for homeless people sleeping outside in cold weather?
Councils in England can take emergency measures to help rough sleepers during extreme weather.
Are nurses taking a second job to survive?
Nearly a quarter of respondents to a Royal College of Nursing survey said they had taken an additional job. We don’t know how representative this is of all nurses.
Did 500,000 children need emergency food supplies last year?
About 437,000 emergency supplies were given to children last year.
What proportion of benefit claimants has Universal Credit been applied to?
Between 8% of expected claimants by 2022 are claiming Universal Credit.
Is there a long list of people urging a pause on Universal Credit?
Citizens Advice and Trussell Trust have issued press releases calling for a pause, and John Major has recommended a review. The number of Conservative MPs calling for a pause is based on reports in the Telegraph.
Are more people being paid an advance on their Universal Credit?
The share of people getting an advance payment on their first Universal Credit payment is increasing.
How much does the Universal Credit helpline cost?
The Universal Credit helpline costs up to 9p a minute from a landline and between 3p and 55p per minute from a mobile. The helpline is now being made freephone.
Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?
Half of council tenants in 105 councils are one month behind in rent, according to research by the Observer.
Were 1.4 million stuck on out-of-work benefits under Labour?
According to 2010 research by the Department for Work and Pensions, 1.4 million people were on out of work benefits in nine of the last ten years.
Is Universal Credit being paid on time?
The percentage of people receiving their first universal credit payment within five or six weeks has increased since January.
Do pension changes mean 37 million people working longer?
How many people will be affected by government proposals to bring forward the rise in the state pension age by seven years?
Does the government spend £50 billion a year on disabled people?
The government spends around £50 billion on benefits which either go wholly or in part to disabled people, people with health conditions and their carers, including housing benefit and income support.
Are people with mental health conditions now receiving higher disability benefit payments?
A greater share of people claiming disability benefits because of mental health conditions are receiving the higher rate, but that doesn’t mean that those claiming these benefits are all better off.
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.