4th Jul 2017
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.
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.
John McDonnell repeats misleading claim about Conservative pension age plans
John McDonnell claimed that the Conservatives ambition is to raise the pension age to 75. That is not the party’s policy.
Viral post about Conservatives’ record in government gets lots of things wrong
It incorrectly claims that child poverty is up 50%, crime is up 30%, and public sector pay is down 15%.
Claim about cost of Labour’s welfare policy is unsubstantiated
This estimate for Labour’s welfare bill is meaningless because Labour haven’t detailed their welfare policies.
It’s not government policy to raise the pension age to 75
This was recommended in a report by a think tank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith.
There’s no easy way to compare benefit and tax fraud.
This graphic comparing benefit fraud and tax fraud is wrong. It’s difficult to compare DWP and HMRC, and most of the numbers quoted are incorrect.
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.