Daily Mail wins misleading headline of the week award (again) – alittleecon

Yesterday (December 9) the Daily Mail published a story on its website headlined “£7,000 per person is the true cost of welfare as UK spends a quarter of national income on handouts”, writes Alex Little.

This is a story about some data published by the EU which shows the amount each nation spends on ‘welfare’ – a measure which here includes healthcare and pensions. The Daily Mail calls these ‘handouts’. Is NHS care a handout now? The article below displays a bit more honesty (only a bit) and includes this chart (look at the chart title. Romania and France don’t even appear on the chart!)

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2 thoughts on “Daily Mail wins misleading headline of the week award (again) – alittleecon

  1. laurettalottiepearson

    Do you think they got the ‘NI’ meaning wrong? According to Prescott we have a £32 Billion NI (National Insurance) contributions excess being “held back”, nudge nudge wink wink, or does he mean spent on something else. Surely not, this is not allowed!!! NI is for NHS and Welfare/Social Security only. Ummmmmm

    1. Andy Robertson-Fox

      If you would care to read Monday’s Vox Political entitled “The Coalition is witholding billions that could be used to support the NHS” I pointed out that apart from a very small percentage – about 1% – of the employees NI contribution and which part pays for the NHS the balance becomes the NI Fund from which pensions and in-work benefits are paid.
      The NHS is otherwıse funded from general taxatıon.
      Secondly, I also drew attention to the fact that Lord Prescott had apparently misunderstood the purpose of the NI surplus (which ıs currently GBP17.1 billion and not the 30 or 32 he quoted) and detaıled the process by whıch it is handled.and the lımıtatıonson ıts use.
      However I make no comment on this particular article. ..

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