I have recently received a Liberal Democrat poster through my door which made certain claims which appear to me to be misleading if not spurious and false.
The poster states that ‘Since 2010, the Lib Dems have delivered over a million new jobs’.
Clearly the Lib Dems have done no such thing since to take the credit for any job created assumes the party is directly responsible for this creation which is complete myth making.
It is also misleading because since 2010, 641,000 public sector jobs have been axed and the government’s own figures estimate that a further 400,000 will be lost by 2015 ie 200,000 a year.
The poster implies that one million extra jobs have been created which is clearly false.
A quote on the poster from Lewes MP Norman Baker says that ‘despite these tough times I am pleased to say that the Lib Dems have continued to put our children’s future first’.
This is a staggering claim and not supported by the facts. The Child Poverty Act 2010 commits governments to eradicate child poverty by 2020.
However, a report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, an independent and respected think tank, estimates that absolute child poverty will increase from 2.5 million in 2010 to 3 million in 2015 and to 3.1 million in 2020.
The institute claims that the government’s poverty increasing changes to personal taxes and state benefits as well as below retail price inflation increases will offset any predicted reduction in poverty due to universal credit.
This gives the lie to Mr Baker’s hollow claim to ‘put our children’s future first’ and the Lib Dems should be held to account for misleading the public.