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Almost 90% Of Benefit Fraud Tip-Offs Are Wrong

January 17, 2018

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Independent has today published figures showing that 87% of tip-offs to the DWP about benefit fraud were closed because there was little or no evidence of fraud.

In the two financial years 2015-2017 a total of 332,850 cases were closed after reports by members of the public.

Of these, a total of 287,950 were found to have little or no evidence to support them.

The Independent does not say what happened with the rest.

However, many of those will have been investigated and found not to have involved fraud either, once the evidence had been properly examined.

There is no doubt that the political and media driven hatred of claimants has led to a huge number of reports by prejudiced neighbours and even friends and relatives.

It is also certain that in some cases the anonymous tip-off is made by someone who knows it isn’t true but simply has a grudge to settle.

Even where no action is taken, any claimant who has been subject to a fraud investigation can attest to what an utterly distressing experience it is.

Because the source of the allegations is never disclosed it can also leave claimants feeling deeply distrustful of everyone around them.

The fact that almost nine out of ten allegations are unfounded clearly indicates that an anonymous tip-off system has no place in a civilised benefits system.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2018 8:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Christopher John Ball.

  2. January 17, 2018 8:52 pm

    From my experience and what I’ve heard from others most (90%?) of the DPSs ‘anonymous tip-offs’ are just DWP criminals making stuff up to intimidate their victims.

    When I tried complaining to the ICO (information commissioners office) about DWP criminals ignoring Subject Access Requests and then sending incomplete forgeries…
    A DWP criminal turned up at my door accusing me of fraud… just because the vermin had googled my name and found someone living on the other side of the country who had posted three photos on a forum.

    How come ‘Benefits And Work.’, and all of the UK governments bent cops, haven’t heard of Witness Intimidation? or ‘malicious’ exercises of official authority?

    Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 – Witness Intimidation –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1994/33/section/51

    ‘malicious’ exercises of official authority = Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

    Speaking of Witness Intimidation…
    guess what… it’s now just SIX weeks after the STILL NOT ON PRISON YET uk government hate criminals stopped their FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS of Starvation Torture and Attempted Murder on me…
    .

    .

    .
    and now, today, I’ve just got YET ANOTHER demand from STILL NOT ON PRISON YET Hate Criminal vermin MAXIMUS for YET ANOTHER BS Quack Assessment… on January 31st.

    That’s the NINTH one in eight years.
    Oh and guess what… they haven’t even sent their BS ESA-50 form, AGAIN –
    http://www.phobosanddeimos.net/the-dwp-and-maximus-no-esa50-fraud/

    >”has no place in a civilised benefits system”
    Who said that this lawless sh*thole was “civilised”?

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles
    https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-2.html

    UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CAT.aspx

    • January 19, 2018 5:29 pm

      Update –
      I got another letter from MAXIMUS …

      In bold “We no longer need you to come for this assessment,”
      Please
      In bold “do not”
      come to the assessment centre as
      In bold “this appointment has been cancelled”

      Obviously some of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbins CAMERA SHY criminal nonces have worked out how to do google alerts.

      But it doesn’t say that their BS Quack/Witness Intimidating/Fraudulent/Hate Crime assessment has been canceled (just the “appointment” with their criminal quacks).
      So it still counts as the NINTH.

  3. January 18, 2018 12:31 am

    Once everybody receives unconditional basic (citizens’) income as of right, snoopingwillbe meaningless

  4. Sarah Davis permalink
    January 18, 2018 9:58 am

    I was called in to Job Centre and they told me someone had reported me for having over £8500 in savings. I’ve since been told that if it’s a fraud accusation the interview should have been done under caution, it wasn’t. I don’t believe I’d been reported as I lead a solitary life and know no one where I live and there are no other houses near mine so no snooping neighbours. I’m pretty sure they were just doing a check but they should never have claimed I’d been reported. They asked me to send in all bank statements going back 18 months which I did back in September 2017 along with a letter asking for them to be returned. I’ve heard nothing back back and they didn’t return my statements. I know they would never apologise for the distress they caused but they could at least have contacted me to say the case is closed and sent back my stuff as requested

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