Welfare

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

18 August 2017

Do pension changes mean 37 million people working longer?

How many people will be affected by government proposals to bring forward the rise in the state pension age by seven years?

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Do pension changes mean 37 million people working longer?
3 August 2017

Does the government spend £50 billion a year on disabled people?

The government spends around £50 billion on benefits which either go wholly or in part to disabled people, people with health conditions and their carers, including housing benefit and income …

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Does the government spend £50 billion a year on disabled people?
4 July 2017

Are people with mental health conditions now receiving higher disability benefit payments?

A greater share of people claiming disability benefits because of mental health conditions are receiving the higher rate, but that doesn’t mean that those claiming these benefits are all better …

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Are people with mental health conditions now receiving higher disability benefit payments?
5 May 2017

What is the "rape clause"?

The Conservatives have introduced a two-child cap on Child Tax Credit, which includes an exception for conception during non-consensual sex or sex in an abusive relationship.

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What is the "rape clause"?
28 April 2017

Pensioners in poverty

Latest figures suggest two million pensioners are in relative poverty, but the rate is much lower than it was decades ago.

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Pensioners in poverty
7 April 2017

Are 40% of welfare claimants pensioners?

There aren't readily-available estimates for the proportion of all welfare claimants who are pensioners or of working age.

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Are 40% of welfare claimants pensioners?
15 March 2017

“Average working families” and the Budget

This week’s Budget won’t make “average working families” £1,400 worse off, although that’s roughly the right ballpark for the long-term impact of tax and benefit changes.

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“Average working families” and the Budget
1 March 2017

Amendments to PIP legislation

People who were assessed for Personal Independence Payments before the tribunal decisions on 29 November won’t see their payments fall because the legislation has been amended.

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Amendments to PIP legislation
23 November 2016

Disability benefits: spending on the rise?

Overall spending on disability benefits is forecast to increase in the coming years, even after inflation is taken into account.

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Disability benefits: spending on the rise?
10 November 2016

How does the new benefit cap affect single mothers?

The new benefit cap is introduced on 7 November 2016. We look whether it affects single mothers, large families and those with higher rents more than others.

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How does the new benefit cap affect single mothers?

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