4th Jul 2017
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.
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.