10 Dec 2016

Editorial: National benefit fraud totals

The DWP says 5,000 people were prosecuted last year for benefit fraud and 6,000 'administrative penalties' were imposed.

This is without trying very hard. The aim of benefit fraud policing is to deter offenders and save a bit of money, but mainly to keep a political lid on the issue of benefit fraud. It is not being ignored, because that would bring protests.

But equally it is not being actively addressed. If the government really wanted to attack benefit fraud, it would blitz an area and see how much money could be saved, starting by checking databases and getting leads from local government employees. Publicising the blitz beforehand would probably result in some benefit claims being, um, discontinued.

But it's not about saving money, it's about keeping the political lid on the issue. So widespread, understated benefit fraud will continue.


Anonymous said...

I am sick of dealing with taxi driving declaring an income of £60 - £100 per week, this includes private hire and black cabs. They never work more than 30 hours and all have accoutants who 'verify' their income. Not only do they not pay income tax, they can claim tax credits and housing benefit.

It would be very easy to visit cab firms to see the call logs of their taxi drivers to see what hours they really work. Taxi Licensing Units could warn the drivers that if they commit fraud they lose their taxi license. A crackdown would lead to many drivers withdrawing their claims but at the moment its just too easy.

Uber drivers are paid into their bank accounts we can see their earnings - probably why black cab drivers in London are so against Uber, they prefer cash in hand.

DoSACExile said...

You seem to have a bit of an obsession with benefit fraud, don't you? Benefits fraudulently claimed make just 0.7% of all claims. Fish in the water. It's far less than the amount DWP underpay people and far, far less than the amount of money that goes unclaimed by people entitled to it each year.

Why are you obsessed? It seems quite sad, really.

If you want to see what it's really like on benefits, I suggest you read my blog - I'll be posting something about DWP propaganda very soon.

Anonymous said...

0.7% is the number of people prosecuted. No-one knows the real figure, hence this blog. Are you really saying that 99.3% of people are honest? Do you think that insurance fraud or tax evasion is only 0.7%?

The blog isnt saying that life on benefits is easy.