Thursday, May 19, 2011

Iain Duncan Smith: Ignorant or Dishonest?

A statement of the Department of Work and Pensions website claims that the UK governments spends £150 billion on tax credits. This would be around a tenth of national income, larger than the deficit or the budget of the NHS. If this was true, it would be an amazing figure.

But it's not. The true figure is £23 billion, out of a total welfare bill of £90 billion, as documented here and discussed in a previous post on this blog here. I just wonder how the British government can publish bare-faced lies on a ministerial website. Not a good sign.

So IDS either has no idea what his ministry's budget looks like, in which case he should resign, or he is lying about it, in which case he should resign.