4th Jul 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.