You may have seen that the government are sending all tax payers a statement showing a breakdown of where their money goes.
However a favourite of mine, the Full Fact website, points out that while it shows 25% of taxes goes on "Welfare", "Welfare" as a category was created for the statement. The government did previously define "welfare" in relation to the "welfare cap" but this contained fewer categories.
For the purposes of this statement "welfare" includes incapacity, disability and unemployment benefits. Nothing strange there you might say. They have also added in the figures for home care and child protection.
They do show state pensions as a separate category which is strange as everything I have received relating to my pension calls it a "benefit". Obviously not all benefits are "welfare" and not all "welfare" is anything to do with benefits. This becomes even more obvious when you realise that, although State Pensions are not grouped under this heading Public Sector Pensions are.
If you go to https://fullfact.org/economy/calculating_tax_summary-36103 you can see the graph that is to be sent out and also a breakdown of the "Welfare" section.
If you are a low income earner/pensioner paying taxes your statement will also be skewed by the none inclusion of some of the taxes you pay.
I really have to agree with Full Facts final paragraph
Statistics must be presented in a way which “enhances clarity [and] interpretability”, according to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. A letter using official figures sent to 24 million people which fails to meet these criteria is something about which the UK Statistics Authority should be concerned. We’ll be inviting it to take a view.
I think this is blatant electioneering using tax payers money - how about you?
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