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  • NOWHERE TO HIDE SAYS MP AS RECORD £1.1BILLION RECOVERED FROM FRAUDSTERS AND BENEFIT CHEATS

    Mel Stride

    TREASURY MINISTER Mel Stride has hit out at attempts to cheat the benefits system saying that every penny falsely claimed is money diverted from helping those most in need.  


    New figures released from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show that last year a record £1.1 billion was recovered in overpaid benefits in relation to both UK and international fraud, with around 5,000 fraudsters convicted and a further 5,000 benefits cheats given administrative penalties. 


    Examples of international fraud include continuing to receive certain UK benefits whilst living abroad or staying abroad for extended periods, deliberately failing to declare property overseas or being in receipt of a UK disability benefit while working abroad. 


    The Central Devon MP said: 


    “The UK benefits system is designed to help those most in need and tax payers should be very angry at any abuse of the system which diverts money from funding our public services and providing support for those who really need it. The fact that the Government is now recovering record sums of money and convicting literally thousands of fraudsters shows how serious this is being taken and that there is nowhere to hide for people who think they can get away with it.” 


    Benefit fraud is defined as deliberately claiming benefits you are not entitled to, most commonly through making a false statement to obtain benefits or failing to report a chance in circumstances. If convicted, penalties range from having to repay money falsely claimed and a fine to seven years in prison. 







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