Good Morning Britain In an interview on This Morning, interviewer Susanna Reed warned Boris Johnson: ‘There are fact checkers at every stage of every interview who will check your answers with a fine-tooth comb. ,
She was absolutely right. Let’s look at three statements made by the Prime Minister that could use a little extra context.
“Just to remind you that the Freedom 24 Hour Bus Pass is something I really offered up”
Ms Reid described the plight of Elsie, a pensioner who uses her Freedom Pass to stay on buses all day to avoid paying for heating. Freedom Pass is a plan for senior discount travel in the capital.
Johnson did not introduce the Freedom Pass, which has been paid for by the London Council, not the Greater London Authority, which is headed by the Mayor of London, since the 1980s.
However, it implemented the Freedom Pass 24 hours a day (except for some domestic rail services) in early 2009.
As mayor of London, Boris Johnson also reinstated free buses for Londoners when they turned 60 in 2012 as part of the 60+ London Oyster Photocard scheme. This was in response to the government raising the eligibility age for the Freedom Pass. In line with the legal retirement age for women.
While the Freedom Pass and over 60 Oysters used to offer free bus rides 24 hours a day to photo card holders, they no longer do.
As of June 2020, Oyster Photocard and Senior Freedom Pass holders over 60 are no longer entitled to free weekday buses. Between 4:30 am to 9 am
This is due to the terms of the bailout agreement between Transport for London and the Johnson government. Advice from London He said the new restrictions on the use of the Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster photo cards would “help save space on public transport for those who need it to return to the city for work”.
“Reducing municipal taxes when it comes to providing better value for services[…]You should vote for Conservative councilors on Thursday.”
The Prime Minister has said that people should vote Conservative in the local elections to be held on Thursday to cut council tax.
While this in itself is not a direct claim, the Prime Minister has previously claimed “conservative advice”.[…]charge you less”. In Parliament La Semana Pasada, Johnson Sanelo que el Consejo de Westminster, Controlado por los Conservadores, Tien un impusto municipal mas bajo que el de Islington y Camden, Controlado por los Laboristas, y Dijo: All countries”.
Single-tier Conservative councils in England actually charge more per household (£1,580) and Labor councils (£1,261) than the average council (£1,388). (These calculations do not include two-tier advice because it is difficult to compare tax rates between parties because different parties may control different levels).
Instead of using the average council tax, Tories in previous local elections have compared Band D rates to argue that Tory councils charge less than Labor.
Using this measure, which compares the tax levied on houses of equal value, the average Band D household in conservative single-level areas in England pays £1,280, compared to the national average (£1,515) and labor sectors. is below average. 1551).
This reflects the fact that conservative areas tend to have more expensive housing than labor, meaning that their Band D rates are lower while their average rates are higher.
Either way, there are a number of reasons why council taxes can differ between the Conservative and Labor sectors, reflecting the different services these sectors need to provide.
“For the action this government has taken during the pandemic to get us out of the pandemic in a stronger way with the fastest economic growth in the G7. ,
UK GDP growth in 2021 of 7.5% was higher than any other country in the G7 (a grouping of the world’s advanced economies including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States).
But this partly reflects a quirk in the way the UK measures GDP compared to other countries.
GDP includes public services. In 2020, when many utilities were banned or closed, the UK saw a sharp drop in utility output. But other countries have not measured the output of public services, but how much is spent on them.
As spending on these public services remained relatively unchanged, other G7 countries saw their GDP decline in 2020 compared to the UK (9.4%). The ONS estimates that if you measured public services as in other countries (how much was spent on them), the decline in UK GDP is roughly comparable to that of other G7 countries.
But this sharp drop in 2020 meant the UK could experience even stronger recovery in 2021 as various public services resume near normal levels of operation.
During the pandemic, the UK economy shrank by 0.4%, making it the fifth best performer among G7 countries.
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