Shamik Das


Monday, August 03, 2009

Lies, damened lies and the Daily Express

Misleading: The front-page of this morning’s Daily ExpressTODAY’S front-page lead on the Daily ExpressLABOUR’S £186BN BENEFITS MADNESS – revealed that in 2009/10 spending on benefits would amount to a quarter of all State spending.




The “madness” to which the Express refers is, presumably, their belief that the £186 billion, or the vast majority of it, is being squandered: given out to ‘undeserving’ recipients or fraudulently claimed.

When analysed, however, the figures in the Centre for Policy Studies report reveal a somewhat different picture.

Of the projected £186.4 billion overall spend on benefits, only £21.68 billion (11.6 per cent) is forecast to be spent on Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance – 2.9 per cent of total Government spending.

Pie-chart showing spending on pensions as a percentage of all spending
By contrast, £67.2 billion is set to be spent on Pensions, plus a further £1.38 billion on Pension Credits, amounting to 37 per cent of benefits spending and nearly one tenth of all Government spending.

Only last year the Express were headlining calls for a 45 per cent hike in the State Pension, which, if carried through, would have lead to a total spend on pensions of almost £99 billion – 45.62 per cent of spending on benefits and 12.76 per cent of total Government spending, which would have had to rise four per cent.

Pie-chart showing benefits spending by area

Other principal areas of benefit spending include Housing Benefit (£19.63 billion; 10.53 per cent of spending on benefits, 2.64 per cent of overall spending), Child Tax Credits (£15.68bn; 8.41%, 2.11%), Child Benefit (£11.8bn; 6.33%, 1.59%) and Disability Allowances (£6.48bn; 3.48%, 0.87%).

An additional £30 billion is paid out in minor benefits – 16 per cent of benefits spending and four per cent overall – with fraud and overpayments costing at least £2.5 billion a year, according to the report.

Sources:-
Benefit Simplification (Centre for Policy Studies)
2009 Budget Red Book (HM Treasury)
Benefit Expenditure Tables, Medium Term Forecast, June 2009 (Department for Work and Pensions)

3 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Thanks for stopping by at mine Shamik, nice to have you.

04 August, 2009 17:25

 
Blogger AndrewSouthLondon said...

Shamik you are a 24 carat twat, no ifs and buts. Your politics are immature no - infantile, and obssesed with a anti-right mental illness (tory-bnp-racist-hannan-Enoch..) could that be because you have a hangup about being Asian? Very likely but you need to get over it. No one has to love you. You have to earn it.

Dear oh dear what a waste of energy tapping a keyboard. Do some growing up - you've plenty of time.

19 September, 2009 20:08

 
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Nice to see you taking on the issues in the post and not attacking the author...

Oh wait, sorry I got that the wrong way round, you cunt.

19 September, 2009 21:15

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home