“Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey reveals more than 10 million people can look forward to an income boost, as working-age benefits will rise by the rate of inflation in April”
Department for Work and Pensions, Twitter
If incomes rise by no more than the rate of inflation, there is by definition no income boost.
The statement by Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey that more than 10 million people can look forward to an income boost was false.
When I approached the Department for Work and Pensions, a spokesperson said: “I disagree with this premise. For the previous four years the rate of working age benefits has not increased. Next year they will be increased by 1.7%. Overall the Government will be spending an extra £1 billion on working benefits from April 2020.
“This, by its very nature, constitutes an [sic] ‘boost’ for over 10 million people as their incomes have increased compared to a [sic] the year before.”