The most vulnerable are being investigated for fraud because of trifling sums of money in savings accounts
I accompanied someone to a compliance interview today. Let’s call her Sally. The DWP compliance office is concerned with investigating possible benefit fraud.
Well, we hardly had to say anything. The Compliance Officer was visibly upset, and very apologetic. She explained that the DWP has software that allows it to trawl through private bank records to find accounts in the name of benefit claimants that had not been declared. Where this happens a letter is sent automatically, warning of a forthcoming telephone compliance interview.
She told us that the DWP seems to have made a decision to target the most disabled and vulnerable people (those in the support group) who have set up small ISA savings accounts to try and put a bit of money aside. Last week all she saw was people who were so vulnerable that they had case workers and similar with them.
She explained that a…
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