benefit fraud

  • January 18, 2015

    The Anglican Bishop of Carlisle has spoken out strongly against punitive sanctions and misleading claims about benefit cheats.

  • March 14, 2014

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to seize computers and cars from people supposedly guilty of benefit fraud, according to media reports. This could reduce their chances of getting work and access to everyday activities, harming families and communities.

  • September 16, 2013

    Benefit cheats will face sentences of up to 10 years, director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC has threatened. While punishing fraud by claimants – and frightening people who are honest but fear being targeted – will be popular with parts of the public, the lack of a sense of proportion is worrying.

  • April 6, 2013

    The government’s war of words against disabled and badly-off people continues unchecked. The latest slurs by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Prime Minister and the Minister for Disabled People suggest that UK politics has become a largely fact-free zone.

  • October 17, 2010

    The benefit system is notoriously complicated, leaving both claimants and officials struggling, says Savi Hensman. Errors are far higher in value than estimated fraud. This in turn is far less than the estimated £16 billion of unclaimed benefit every year. Yet the UK government is seeking to further punish the poor.

  • August 16, 2010

    “Money pads the edges of things”. EM Forster puts these words in the mouth of the wealthy Margaret Schlegel in Howards End.

  • August 12, 2010

    The Child Poverty Action Group have criticised a government plan to pay 'bounties' to credit reference agencies that help to expose benefit fraud.

  • August 10, 2010

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron is announcing today an "uncompromising" crackdown on benefit fraud, including using credit ratings agencies to look at claimants’ spending patterns.

  • April 27, 2010

    The ‘get tough’ approach to sick and disabled welfare claimants promoted by the big party players in the run up to this General Election, and in recent media rhetoric, is not just morally cheap, says Savi Hensman. It is reflective of a profoundly inadequate policy approach which ends up scapegoating those we should be supporting most.

  • February 11, 2010

    Government ministers seem to be rather confused about their attitude to fraud.