Welfare

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

17 November 2017

Are nurses taking a second job to survive?

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a Royal College of Nursing survey said they had taken an additional job. We don’t know how representative this is of all nurses.

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Are nurses taking a second job to survive?
17 November 2017

Did 500,000 children need emergency food supplies last year?

The figure is about the number of three day emergency food supplies given out to children by the Trussell Trust last year—about 437,000—not the number of children who received them.

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Did 500,000 children need emergency food supplies last year?
20 October 2017

Did the government ignore a vote in parliament on Universal Credit?

Conservative MPs were told not to take part in the vote. Over 40 Conservative MPs spoke in the debate.

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Did the government ignore a vote in parliament on Universal Credit?
20 October 2017

What proportion of benefit claimants has Universal Credit been applied to?

Between 8% of expected claimants by 2022 are claiming Universal Credit.

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What proportion of benefit claimants has Universal Credit been applied to?
18 October 2017

Is there a long list of people urging a pause on Universal Credit?

Citizens Advice and Trussell Trust have called for a pause, and John Major has recommended a review. The number of Conservative MPs calling for a pause is based on reports …

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Is there a long list of people urging a pause on Universal Credit?
18 October 2017

Are more people being paid an advance on their Universal Credit?

The share of people getting an advance payment on their first Universal Credit payment is increasing.

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Are more people being paid an advance on their Universal Credit?
18 October 2017

How much does the Universal Credit helpline cost?

The Universal Credit helpline cost up to 9p a minute from a landline and between 3p and 55p per minute from a mobile. The helpline is now being made freephone.

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How much does the Universal Credit helpline cost?
11 October 2017

Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?

Half of council tenants in 105 councils are one month behind in rent, according to research by the Observer.

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Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?
11 October 2017

Were 1.4 million stuck on out-of-work benefits under Labour?

According to 2010 research by the Department for Work and Pensions, 1.4 million people were on out of work benefits in nine of the last ten years.

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Were 1.4 million stuck on out-of-work benefits under Labour?
11 October 2017

Is Universal Credit being paid on time?

The percentage of people receiving their first universal credit payment within five or six weeks has increased since January.

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Is Universal Credit being paid on time?

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