Surprise! Express’s ‘£10k of benefits on prostitutes’ story is a pack of lies

The government confirms the man was not on benefits. Whoops

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Yesterday the Daily Express claimed an out-of-work builder had spent £10,000 of benefits on prostitutes. The story was based entirely on a boast from the man himself, 26-year-old Carl Robinson.

MediaWatch offered some reasons why this seemed unlikely (£170 per fortnight only goes so far).

But after our story was published, the Department for Work and Pensions confirmed to MediaWatch that Carl Robinson is not receiving benefits.

It seems he only claimed for a few weeks last year, whereas the story implies he has been claiming for three years.

The maths of this didn’t add up anyway.

If he has only received a few hundred pounds in benefits, as seems to be the case, he can’t have spent £10,000 of benefits on prostitutes.

Why did the Daily Express publish this story, which turns out to be a pack of lies?

It claimed the DwP could not confirm one way or the other if Robinson was claiming benefits at time of press, due to lack of information to find him on their system. So why run the story anyway?

It’s a mystery. In unrelated news, the Express is forever whinging that benefits are too generous and should be cut for everyone, cheering on the government’s Welfare Bill

We hope to see a correction in the Express poste haste.

Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow MediaWatch on Twitter

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6 Responses to “Surprise! Express’s ‘£10k of benefits on prostitutes’ story is a pack of lies”

  1. unity_ministry

    But of course the entire story is bullshit. JSA for a single man over 25 is £146 a fortnight, not £170.

  2. garym65

    Having made 2 complaints about stories in the daily mail that I knew were not true I gave up but it is a daily battle to fight the axis of evil……

  3. stevep

    The far-right press aren`t in the business of fair representation, just propaganda on behalf of the establishment.

  4. TristanPriceWilliams

    Is Dez still running his pornography channels on television?

  5. Dean Stockton

    I said he would have to be getting some additional benefits to get £170 a fortnight like middle care/standard PIP and the disability premium that they add to JSA. I was sceptical about his story straight away.

  6. Moghedia

    Which ones in particular?

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