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9 Oct 2014

A reader writes

A comment on Benefit thief mother weeps but is still jailed:
A 'single' parent has 4 children but it's only after a tip off that the partners come to light.

Why not do a few checks when a 'single' parent has a baby and applies for Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits?

Based on the people I know and the claims I have dealt with, I would estimate that half of single parents are not single. Just an estimate, I could be wrong and its, say, 25%.
Then proper checks might save a lot of money very quickly - and properly publicised they could reduce the flow of new false claims, cutting the crime figures too.

What's not to like?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know a few ppl who are doing benefit fraud but im too afraid to report them as they have got kids.

Anonymous said...

Its the fathers who gain as well. The woman gets I.S and therefore HB, partner lives there rent free. I.S pays for the basics, his wages pay for the holidays and the car.

Anonymous said...

Suspect it's higher than 25% - got to be I worked on claims and just the neighbours I knew claiming, I'd put the percentage nearer 50%, if not higher.

John Page said...

My back of the envelope guesstimate was that total benefit fraud is around £6bn.

http://www.benefitfraud.org.uk/total-benefit-fraud/

Is that too low, then?

Anonymous said...


Think of it from the women's point of view, if she is honest, her benefits reduce so she keeps quiet if a partner moves in.

We wouldnt need to freeze benefits or the bedroom tax if we were just a bit more skeptical about claims. Managers want claims to be paid as quickly as possible because that is how they are judged.

The 1% figure is the people who are prosecuted. Plenty get away with it, so £6bn is on the low side.

Anonymous said...

Of course, we shouldnt be looking up people we know but we've probably all done it. Pity more insiders dont comment.

Anonymous said...

You certainly shouldn't be looking up people you know outside work. It's gross misconduct leading to dismissal and an offence under data protection legislation. Pass your concerns on via the proper channels.

Anonymous said...

Scandinavian countries publish everyone's tax returns on line. Neighbours and business rivals can report fraud.

Anonymous said...

We should adopt the Americans system. When you come into benefit system they only pay for the children you have at the time. Any there after is your concern and the dad's. I would say too many loan parent who claim are not and why too many dad's don't pay for their kids because the system does. This is why the system is being killed and those who genuinely need support are being penalised. People need to try and take ownership of theit situations.

Anonymous said...

I have a colleague who did that just over a year and a half ago. They started investigation 2 months ago and she got dismissed 2 weeks ago. Don t do it!