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DWP Fraud

Gareth Morgan
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I see, in todays Rightsnet story, that the PermSec of DWP says that fraud is an indicator of the fact that there is “‘... a notable uptick in shoplifting, which may suggest an increasing need to ease financial pressures through undesirable means.’”.

Is he saying that proposed benefit cuts will be directly responsible for a future increase in fraud?

I think we should be told.

[ Edited: 30 Apr 2024 at 04:49 pm by Gareth Morgan ]
juliem
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Gareth Morgan - 30 April 2024 03:15 PM

I see, in todays Rightsnet story, that the PermSec of DWP says that fraud is an indicator of the fact that there is “‘... a notable uptick in shoplifting, which may suggest an increasing need to ease financial pressures through undesirable means.’”.

Is he saying that proposed benefit cuts will be directly responsible a future increase in fraud?

I think we should be told.

Perhaps he needs to consider the error rate rather than making scurrilous statements about “fraud”

[ Edited: 30 Apr 2024 at 04:04 pm by juliem ]
Andrew Dutton
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And of course the wide-open field for third-party fraud and financial exploitation as more and more vulnerable people are forced onto UC.

Helen Rogers
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I think he’s saying (perhaps without realising it) that desperate people will do desperate things to feed themselves/their children.