Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak

‎”Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey reveals more than 10 million people can look forward to an income boost, as working-age benefits will rise by the rate of inflation in April”

Department for Work and Pensions, Twitter

Facts

If incomes rise by no more than the rate of inflation, there is by definition no income boost.

Verdict

The statement by Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey that more than 10 million people can look forward to an income boost was false.

When I approached the Department for Work and Pensions, a spokesperson said: “I disagree with this premise. For the previous four years the rate of working age benefitshas not increased. Next year they will be increased by 1.7%. Overall theGovernment will be spending an extra £1 billion on working benefits from April2020.

“This, by its very nature, constitutes an [sic] ‘boost’ for over 10 million people as theirincomes have increased compared to a [sic] the year before.”

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