IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year

Housing Benefit in real terms has increased by £1.2 million PER DAY under the Tories.  Housing Benefit in real terms has cost the taxpayer £50,000 more PER HOUR under Iain Duncan Smith.  

Yet IDS said again yesterday the bedroom tax has saved £1 billion so how can that be?  There is only one answer to that which is IDS is deliberately and knowingly telling lies as below are the official HB figures that were released by ……Iain Duncan Smith.

A simple comparison between the inherited position in May 2010 and May 2014 reveals the following facts:

  1. Inherited was 4.75 million claimants receiving £84.24 per week for a total bill of £20.86 billion
  2. 4 years later it was 4.88 million claimants receiving £92.59 per week a total bill of £24.04 billion.

The total bill has increased by £3.18 billion in actual terms yet we need to compare like for like and account for two other facts (a) rent inflation and (b) claimant inflation

(a) In real terms the average paid out has increased 9.91% from £84.24 to £92.59 – or HB inflation

(b) In real terms the claimant count has increased 2.95% from 4.75 to 4.88 million – claimant inflation

The inherited cost of £20.86 billion by HB inflation of 9.91% this becomes £22.93 billion; and when we inflate that by claimant inflation of 2.95% this rises to £23.6 billion.

This £23.6 billion figure is what the inherited housing benefit bill should have been in REAL TERMS after 4 years of this government as it accounts for increases in the housing benefit paid out – rent inflation -and increases in the numbers receiving housing benefit, or claimant inflation.

The actual figure for the total HB bill at April 2014 was £24.04 billion or £440 million per year MORE that the like for like figure of £23.6 billion.

That means in real terms the HB bill has increased by £440 million per year and £1.2 million per day and costs the taxpayer over £50,000 per hour more to pay for. That can only mean IDS is lying when he says his welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax have saved £1 billion.  It means IDS must be stating known lies as the official figures he produces and he must know he is stating deliberate known lies as they are HIS official figures

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 Sources:

The latest official HB figures published Feb 2015 are here (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/number-of-housing-benefit-claimants-and-average-weekly-spare-room-subsidy-amount-withdrawal)

Go to Table 4 for the claimant count and go to Table 5 for the average amount paid to each claimant.  You will find at April 2010 the inherited figures that the average paid in HB is as the figures above.

  1. Inherited was 4.75 million claimants receiving £84.24 per week for a total bill of £20.86 billion
  2. 4 years later it was 4.88 million claimants receiving £92.59 per week a total bill of £24.04 billion.

Yesterday was the latest utterance by IDS that the bedroom tax has saved £1 billion – see here

  • Iain Duncan Smith is a liar – QED
  • The bedroom tax has not saved the taxpayer a penny – QED
  • The benefit cap has not saved the taxpayer a penny – QED
  • The Local Housing Allowance or LHA cap has not saved the taxpayer a penny – QED
  • The Shared Accommodation Rate or SAR cap has not saved the taxpayer a penny – QED

UPDATE

Just as reminder reader as to the Tories stated purpose of the above 4 welfare reform (sic) policies when they inherited …

The DWP said in its magazine called HB Digest published in early July 2010 that:

The Chancellor announced a package of Housing Benefit (HB) reforms in his Budget statement on 22 June. 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

The package of reforms WILL SAVE nearly £2 billion…Yes the same package of reforms (sic) that actually COST the taxpayer £440 million per year MORE and DON’T SAVE A PENNY

Quad Erat Demonstrandum – QED

 

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I see IDS and DWP have archived the WE WILL SAVE NEARLY £2 BILLION document – That would be this one – http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130128102031/http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/issue-103-july-2010.pdf

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Has the housing benefit bill been controlled? – NO!

Has the housing benefit bill been reduced? – NO!

Have the bedroom tax and benefit/LHA/SAR caps failed? – YES!

Has Iain Duncan Smith been habitually and knowing lying? YES!

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PS – Yes I know I have not included the added taxpayer cost of the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) which has seen IDS and central government give local councils over £500 million in DHP to deal with the bedroom tax and benefit cap and LHA and SAR cap consequences. These of course ADD to the taxpayer cost of the package of reforms (sic) all aimed at reducing the overall HB bill.

But please note well reader despite all of the FACTS above which come from the official figures produced and released by the Department of Work and Pensions and are fully sourced, which demonstrate unambiguously that the package of reforms (sic) has undeniably INCREASED the taxpayer cost, that good Christian Iain Duncan Smith, he that has compassionate conservatism running through his veins, and no other,  must be right mustn’t he when he says his welfare reforms have saved as he “believes it to be so!?”

 

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9 thoughts on “IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year

  1. Hi Joe can you just clarify your figures. I looked at the source you provided and the number of claimants in May 2014 was 4.98 million and not 4.88 and the rent was £92.69 and not £92.59. I therefore got a calculation of expected HB bill (based on the way you calculated) was 24.03 billion and the actual was 24.09 billion. So an increase of 600 million!

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