A series of government advertisements claiming to debunk myths about universal credit has been banned for misleading the public.

The Advertising Standards Agency received 44 complaints about six newspaper adverts and a web page.

The adverts included claims people moved into work faster on universal credit, which “did not accurately reflect the evidence”, the ASA said.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it was disappointed by the ban.

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The ASA investigated four issues arising from complaints about the adverts, which took the form of advertising features to “set the record straight” and appeared in May and June in the Metro newspaper and on a web page hosted on the Mail Online and Metro sites.

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