Welfare

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

10 June 2022

Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty

These estimates are uncertain for several reasons, but 12 million households would amount to many more than 12 million people.

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Ofgem said that 12 million households—not people—might end up in fuel poverty
24 May 2022

Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?

Suella Braverman told the Question Time audience that a single mother in certain circumstances would be £1,600 better off this year compared with last year, because of government support.

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Was the Attorney General right to say that a single mother will be £1,600 better off?
21 April 2022

Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’

The claim that families are ‘£2,620 worse off’ does not account for any rises in wages or benefits, and is based on some cost estimates which are not reliable.

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Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’
20 April 2022

Viral pensions post has its maths all wrong

The post misunderstands how state pensions work in the UK.

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Viral pensions post has its maths all wrong
8 April 2022

Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong

The post also compares Germany’s maximum state pension to the UK’s. Germany’s state pensions are difficult to compare to ours as theirs are based on income whilst the UK’s isn’t.

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Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong
1 April 2022

2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context

The Trussell Trust did provide about 27 times more food parcels at the end of David Cameron’s time in office than it had at the beginning—but this doesn’t mean food …

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2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context
15 February 2022

Wales and Scotland are getting money to fund a council tax rebate

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said the countries would not be receiving more money as other areas of their provisional budgets are being revised …

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Wales and Scotland are getting money to fund a council tax rebate
5 January 2022

Boris Johnson did say inflation fears had been ‘unfounded’

The Prime Minister denied ever making the comment during the first PMQs of the year.

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Boris Johnson did say inflation fears had been ‘unfounded’
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

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