DSS saves pounds 654m in fraud blitz
Wednesday 18 May 1994
The DSS's Benefits Agency detected 312,000 cases of claimants cheating the system. The figures represented an increase of pounds 96m in detected cases over the previous 12 months. Individual false claims - together worth pounds 543m - accounted for the majority of the cases.
Method-of-payment frauds by individuals, involving counterfeit or stolen giros and benefit order books, added a further pounds 50.5m. Organised method-of-payment frauds were worth pounds 54.8m, while multiple identity frauds - where individuals claimed benefits several times over using different names - accounted for another pounds 5.6m.
There were 7,645 criminal prosecutions and 1,825 people were arrested in investigations into organised fraud.
Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, said the clampdown on fraud would remain a high priority. 'Benefit fraud is a selfish crime . . . it robs the system of resources which should go to those who need them.'
But Donald Dewar, Labour spokesman on social security, said: 'The crackdown has been half-hearted. There is no clear . . . strategy. There is a yawning gap between what ministers say and do.'
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...