The DWP has knowingly been telling lies to the public about the overall benefit cap. The benefit cap is set at 20% BELOW the average household income and not at the same level which the coalition has repeated claimed.
Wednesday this week saw day one of the scheduled three day judicial review hearing against the lawfulness of the coalition governments overall benefit cap set at £500 per week for families and £350 per week for single persons.
Despite this being at court it didnt stop the DWP spokesperson from restating the known lie – that the benefit cap of £500 per week equates with average household income. It doesn’t and average household income after tax was £31 297 in 2011/12 according to official ONS figures or just over £600 per week – 20% more than the coalition claim and that is figures from 2 years ago too so will now be higher.
Anyone who has read or heard about the £500 per week overall benefit cap has found the coalition government saying no family on benefit should get more than the average HOUSEHOLD income of £500 per week. Yesterday ahead of the judicial review it was quoted by DWP that: –
A DWP spokesman said before the hearing:
“We are confident that the measures are lawful. The benefit cap sets a fair limit to what people can expect to get from the welfare system so that claimants cannot receive more than £500 a week, the average household earnings.”
The DWP just can’t help themselves when it comes to issuing known lies can they?
Here is the table from the official ONS 2011/12 data
Summary of the effects of taxes and benefits by quintile groups on ALL households, 2011/12
Income, taxes and benefits per household
|Quintile groups of ALL households1|
|Bottom||2nd||3rd||4th||Top||All households||Ratio Top/Bottom quintile|
|Original income||5 436||11 813||22 946||38 906||78 283||31 477||14|
|plus cash benefits||7 419||8 448||7 187||4 388||2 453||5 979||0.3|
|Gross income||12 855||20 260||30 132||43 294||80 736||37 456||6.3|
|less direct taxes and employees’ NIC||1 306||2 263||4 781||8 887||19 905||7 428||15|
|Disposable income||11 548||17 997||25 352||34 407||60 831||30 027||5.3|
|less indirect taxes||3 400||4 009||5 206||6 230||8 743||5 518||2.6|
|Post-tax income||8 148||13 988||20 146||28 177||52 087||24 509||6.4|
|plus benefits in kind||7 674||7 386||7 380||6 260||5 238||6 787||0.7|
|Final income||15 823||21 373||27 526||34 437||57 325||31 297||3.6|
|Household type (percentages)|
|All household types||100||100||100||100||100||100|
Table source: Office for National Statistics
You will note I have highlighted the £31,297 per year average net household income – which was 2 years ago of £601.87 per week and NOT the £500 per week the DWP and the rest of the coalition regularly state as fact.
You can’t tell me that the government don’t know these statistics as after all their agency produces them!! That is why the DWP is KNOWINGLY telling lies and KNOWINGLY misleading the public. I do hope they try to mislead the Lord Justices at the High Court by stating these known lies again as justification for the overall benefit cap policy. The response from the LJ’s should the Secretary of State try this would be very interesting don’t you think.
Now come on even IDS is not that stupid….is he?