Opinion – Half a million people have benefits suspended in welfare crackdown – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Dr Alf asks if the Government, if re-elected, will introduce the Poor House and Frank Field MP wants to know what happens to sanctioned benefit recipients when commonsense should have told him the answer?

A few sanctioned benefit recipients probably go for crisis loans and attend food banks, others engage in shoplifting and drug dealing plus dealing in scrap metal to make ends meet.

The truly desperate beg or pester friends and relatives to bail them out, or if they were on Universal Credit or Housing Benefit they get behind with their rent thus forcing landlords to evict them and never want to rent to a benefit recipient again.

Perhaps, a proportion find jobs or if they were working in the black economy already, simply spend more time in it.

This allows the Government to lower the claimant count and treat these people as “employed” when in fact they are nothing of the kind.

John Gelmini

Housing benefit fraud and error report published – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

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According to the UK Parliament Select Committee the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has failed to tackle problems of Housing Benefit fraud and error quickly & convincingly. Yesterday’s report is a must read. Check it out!

via Housing benefit fraud and error report published – News from Parliament – UK Parliament.

What caught my attention was the following:

Around £12.6 billion has been spent on Housing Benefit overpayments since 2000/01 – money that could have been used to improve the system.


The size of the over-payments is going up not down. In the last financial year £1.4bn of overpayments were made.

What is truly amazing is that the rate of fraud is increasing after nearly four years of David Cameron’s government, despite austerity.

With a UK national election this year, these figures highlight the massive levels of waste in the UK public sector.

Let me ask two open questions:

1. Given the massive fraud at the DWP, surely it’s better to outsource administration?

2. Surely, it would be preferable to scrap housing benefit, and find a more effective way of helping the needy?