Get the facts: Welfare

8 October 2020

This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate

It underestimates the spending on benefits for people seeking asylum and uses a disputed estimate of the tax gap to talk about tax avoidance.

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This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate
15 May 2020

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.

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Claims about who’s paid by the state aren’t very meaningful
25 February 2020

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.

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Some pensioners will lose £70 a week, but Boris Johnson didn’t introduce the change
7 February 2020

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.

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Universal Credit has not got 200,000 people into work
14 January 2020

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.

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State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy
28 November 2019

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.

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Angela Rayner uses exaggerated figure for number of WASPI women in poverty
7 November 2019

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.

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John McDonnell repeats misleading claim about Conservative pension age plans
16 October 2019

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%.

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Viral post about Conservatives’ record in government gets lots of things wrong
26 September 2019

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.

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Claim about cost of Labour’s welfare policy is unsubstantiated
19 August 2019

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.

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It’s not government policy to raise the pension age to 75

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