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DWP Exposed: Report into DWP abuse of statistics – June 2013

June 2013

DPAC Research – Report into abuse of statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions


Executive Summary

This report outlines 35 cases where Ministerial claims using statistics on the subject of Work and Benefits have fallen short of the standards expected of Government Ministers.

We believe that this demonstrates a consistent pattern of abuse of official statistics by Ministers of the present Government to paint a false picture of benefit claimants in the UK in support of policies which are aimed at cost cutting to the detriment of jobless, sick and disabled people.

Within this document, each case is presented, and fully referenced to source material throughout.

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In brief – Analysis of claims made on welfare topics

4.1 Britain has the highest rate of jobless households in Europe.
Made by:  Iain Duncan Smith
When: 11th October 2010
Where: House of Commons
Conclusion Claim is false

4.2 Number of new jobs created but not advertised through Jobcentres
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 21st October 2010
Where: BBC Newsnight
Conclusion Exaggeration, untrue

4.3 Cost of Family Breakdown
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 4th November 2010
Where: Speech to the charity, Relate
Conclusion Claim has no basis in fact

4.4 UK Jobs taken by people from overseas under the last Government
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 12 Nov 2010
Where: House of Commons
Conclusion Incorrect Claim

4.5 Private Sector Rents
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith and Grant Shapps
When: 10th-18th November 2010
Where: Numerous occurrences including the House of Commons and Today Programme
Conclusion Incorrect Claim

4.6 EU migrants abusing the UK Benefits system
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 30 Sept 2011
Conclusion Given this dubious evidence base, Mr Duncan Smith’s comments have
no basis in fact.

4.7 Rise in working age welfare spending before the recession
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 3 September 2011
Where: Speech to the Conservative Party Conference
Conclusion Unsourced and no firm evidence exists to support this claim

4.8 Child Homelessness
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 23 January 2011
Where: BBC Radio 4′s Today programme
Conclusion Untrue

4.9 Growth in DLA Claims and Lifetime Awards
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 13 May 2012
Where: interview with the Sunday Telegraph
Conclusion Claim is highly questionable

4.10 Weekly number of new Jobs coming through at Jobcentres
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 14 Jun 2012
Where: LBC radio
Conclusion Untrue

4.11 Success of the Benefit Cap
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 16 July 2012
Conclusion Unsupported claim

4.12 Claimants finding full time work
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 16 Aug 2012
Where: LBC Radio
Conclusion Unsupported claim

4.13 Large Families on Welfare
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 25 Oct 2012
Conclusion Misrepresentation. Although true, it concerns a tiny number of people

4.14 Rise in tax Credit Payments
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 31 Dec 2012
Media report(s): Daily Telegraph
Conclusion Untrue

4.15 Labour Spending on Tax Credits
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 31 Dec 2012
Media report(s): Daily Telegraph
Conclusion Exaggeration

4.16 Fraudsters around the world targeting UK Tax Credits
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 31 Dec 2012
Media report(s): Daily Telegraph
Conclusion No basis in fact

4.17 Inter-generational worklessness
Made by: Iain Duncan Smith
When: 27 May 2010
Conclusion This claim has no basis in fact

4.18 People are better off in work
Made by: Department for Work and Pensions (Website)
Where: DWP Website: DWP Health and Work: Employment and Support Allowance
Checked by: Freedom of Information request: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/work_and_health
Conclusion Misleading Claim

4.19 Local Housing Allowance Reforms
Made by: Lord Freud
When: January 11, 2011
Conclusion Figures muddled

4.20 Housing Benefit Claims
Made by: Lord Freud
When: 5 Nov 2012
Conclusion Highlighted the issue of housing benefit costs by using exceptional
cases as if they were the rule

4.21 Support to gain employment
Made by: Chris Grayling
When: 4 Apr 2011
Conclusion Unsupported Claim

4.22 Moving off benefits following Work Experience
Made by: Chris Grayling
When: 19 Feb 2012
Media report(s): Telegraph
Conclusion Too small sample to draw conclusion to support the claim made

4.23 Mandatory Work Experience for Companies
Made by: Chris Grayling
When: 24 Feb 2012
Media report(s): The Spectator
Conclusion Economical with the truth

4.24 Work Experience Scheme Voluntary not Mandatory
Made by: Chris Grayling
When: 29 Feb 2012
Media report(s): The Spectator
Conclusion Economical with the truth

4.25 Comparison of DLA Entitlement of Drug/Alcohol Users vs Blind People
Made by: Maria Miller
When: 11 May 2011
Where: BBC News
Conclusion Dubious comparison

4.26 Private Sector Jobs
Made by: David Cameron
When: 14 September 2011
Where: Prime Minister’s Questions
Conclusion David Cameron’s statement of a rise in total employment over the last year of 300,000 is a vast exaggeration of the actual figure.

4.27 Benefits for Disabled Children
Made by: David Cameron
When: 14 Dec 2011
Conclusion Mr Cameron was only telling half the story when he said: “We are not
cutting benefits for disabled children.”

4.28 Workless Households
Made by: David Cameron
When: 25 Jan 2012
Where: Prime Minister’s Questions
Media report(s): Hansard
Conclusion Exaggeration

4.29 Comparison of the Work Programme and Future Jobs Fund
Made by: David Cameron
When: 22 Feb 2012
Where: Prime Minister’s Questions
Conclusion Unsupported Claim

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