WELFARE REFORM - THE MYTHS & THE FACTS (Annotated version)

14 Oct 2014

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MYTH Policing, Health, Education and other public services are in crisis because of welfare reform
FACT This crisis is the result of £3.6 billion* in Tory cuts in NI since 2010

(* Reduction in block grant 2010/11 - 2014/15
Current - £739m
Capital - £345m Total - £1.08bn or -9.3%
Cumulatively (the cuts inflicted every year added together) £3.6bn
)

MYTH Welfare rewards the workshy
FACT the majority of Welfare is spent on pensions and supporting low-paid workers


MYTH The Welfare System is rife with fraud

FACT Fraud takes 0.7% of the welfare budget.
On the other hand, tax dodging costs us all 20.6% of what could be collected - a staggering £119 Billion


MYTH There is no alternative - There is no money left
FACT Yes there is. Just ask Google, Starbucks, Amazon...

Did you know that UK taxpayers hand out £85 Billion each year to big businesses?

The Welfare State and the NHS were created as the Foundation Stones of a New Jerusalem,
a Land Fit for Heroes, in the aftermath of two world wars. Defend that Legacy.

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