How the Tory-led coalition lie over Housing Benefit…in their own words

Short and sweet blog reader

Guess what the coalition said about Housing Benefit shortly after they came into office in June 2010?

OK I will tell you:

The Chancellor announced a package of Housing Benefit (HB) reforms in his Budget statement on 22 June. It is the most significant and comprehensive reform programme for HB since the scheme was introduced in the 1980s. The background is the budget deficit and the reductions in public expenditure that the Government is making to tackle it. Ministers are clear that the overall cost of HB, forecast to be around £20 billion this financial year, must be controlled and reduced. The package of reforms will save nearly £2 billion by 2014/2015.

Go on guess what the Housing benefit bill is at the latest figures?  Oh OK its £23.52bn a mere £5.5bn OVER COALITION TARGET

Wow their HB policies are good aren’t they!

Now all we hear from them is the government are determined to tackle the £23bn Housing Benefit bill.  Oh I see it must be they weren’t determined before reader? Were they just dabbling d’you think?

Just thought I’d repeat this FACT for your information just in case you believe the incompetent and errant lies being peddled in the national newspapers today by right-wing sycophants, sorry journalists who claim the Tories inherited a £23bn bill from the last lot

You know like this one on Twitter:

Patrick O’Flynn@oflynnexpress2 Apr

In May 97, Blair said a housing benefit bill of £11bn was excessive. But Lab handed the coalition a HB bill of £23bn. thtp://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/philipjohnston/100210011/we-have-heard-osbornes-speech-before-from-tony-blair-16-years-ago/ …

By the way the correct and working link retweeted by Patrick O’Flynn, yes he of an economics degree from Cambridge yet he can’t check a simple fact is here and you will note the £23bn HB figure is NOT mentioned in the tepid Telegraph article so Patrick O’Flynn of the Express – yes he with the economics degree from Cambridge – has simply made it all up hasn’t he! Oh dear!

Sorry that would be Patrick O’Flynn Chief Political Commentator of the Express – Yes he with the Cambridge Economic degree who can’t even check figures let alone manipulate them as Economists do into complex modelling and curves and graphs so others will think they are clever!

Yes reader that same Housing Benefit that pays Patricia the private renting tenant exactly DOUBLE what it pays her identical twin sister in the identical house next door Sheila the social tenant because of the bedroom tax or while Patricia the private tenant gets double the spare room subsidy than her identical twin sister in the identical house next door.  Oh yes did I tell you the Tories say the bedroom tax is fair and just doing to the social tenant what has already been done to the private tenant.

Wow does Cambridge have a rival dictionary to the Oxford English Dictionary where words have the direct opposite meaning of the OED?  Yes they must do mustn’t they reader! It just couldn’t be the case that a journalist, a Cambridge educated Chief Political Writer no less is simply making things up as he goes along to try to get this woeful coalition’s HB policy out of the hole it is in could it?

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4 thoughts on “How the Tory-led coalition lie over Housing Benefit…in their own words

  1. You mean they lie? Oh my, I’m shocked and my flabber is well gasted. Mind you seems that IDS’s spell of unemployemt was after he’d married into millions, no wonder he could cope “on 53 a week, if he had to” LoL

  2. The comparison between private rental and social rental could begin and end in my neighbourhood in the “affluent south”. Here a private (ex-council house, no security of tenure) is being rented out at £1100 a month and the social housing equivalent (still council house, full security of tenure) is £400. There are Tory/LibDems aplenty that are publicly aghast at the housing benefit bill, whilst privately as landlords they’re rubbing their thieving hands with glee.

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