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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

New Year crackdown on expat benefit fraud by DWP

We read in the Telegraph the announcement by the Department for Works and Pensions that there is to be a New Year crackdown on benefit fraud by UK expatriates.

Now don't get me wrong, as I abhor any form of theft, which benefit fraud is, but haven't we had several previous announcements by the DWP about stopping the expatriate fraudsters. I seem to recall that there have been reports that the current campaigns are not that successful in reducing the burden on the tax payer as the schemes campaigns cost more to administrate than the refund of illegal gains by the fraudsters.

On top of this, if the chat in the bars and restaraunts here in Spain is to be believed there is a considerable reluctance within the expatriate community to report suspected thieves to the confidential telephone hotline service. Having said this there are some residents like myself who have made reports to the hotline, even though we will never know if a benefit cheat has been stopped.

Read more: New Year crackdown on expat benefit fraud - Telegraph

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