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.

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)


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


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