The BBC presents outlandish welfare statistics

258bn(b)For the second evening running, BBC News has stated that welfare spending is £258bn.  This figure bears no resemblance to the ones regularly published in the Benefit Expenditure Tables: the figure used in Wednesday’s budget (table B6) was £213.9bn for the year cited and £216.6bn for the current year.  Those totals include personal tax credits.  Where did the BBC get their figures from?

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