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Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith’s “statistics”

Very good idea and work from Disabled People Against Cuts here:

At the end of this month, the Department for Work and Pensions will be releasing their Annual Report.

Iain Duncan Smith and his henchministers will no doubt be touring the TV studios to deliver more propaganda about worklessness and disability.

Disabled People Against Cuts has decided to celebrate the release of the DWP Annual Report by releasing a report of their own.

It is a report into how the DWP and DWP Ministers have made claims which are simply untrue. DPAC has selected 35 claims and and found clear evidence that these claims have no basis in the facts.

Highlights (if you can call them that) include IDS claims like:

"On average every week there are half a million new jobs coming through at the job centre."  A Full Fact investigation came up with a series of figures that suggested the number was substantially lower.

"These figures show that the benefit cap is already a success and actively encouraging people back to work." In response, Channel 4's Factcheck said: "In order to know how effective the policy had been, we would need to know the rate at which people on benefits worth more than £26,000 went into work before the letter announcing the changes was sent, and compare it to after the letter was received. But those figures aren’t available. The DWP doesn’t collect them. The Institute for Fiscal Studies, or the Work Foundation, both of which have researched employment, unemployment and benefits, didn’t have them either."

There are plenty more of these "Iain Duncan Smith facts" - read the full DPAC report here

When you next see Iain Duncan Smith on the TV News, ask yourself - is he lying? or is he simply making it up out of thin air again?

We've decided that he's lying.

Zoe Williams has a good story in the Guardian today about the government's appalling misuse of statistics to justify cuts and scapegoating.


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