What is the best way to crackdown on benefit fraud?
David Cameron is to unveil a crackdown on benefit fraud which could see greater use of credit reference agencies to detect wrong claims. Is this a good idea?
He will promise "uncompromising strategy" to reduce the £5.2bn annual cost of fraud and error. Writing in the Manchester Evening News, Mr Cameron said: "At a time when we're having to take such difficult decisions about how to cut back without damaging the things that matter the most, we should strain every sinew to cut error, waste and fraud in our welfare system."
Credit ratings firm Experian says it is in talks over a deal which could see it paid according to the number of fraudsters uncovered. It said it already had a contract to scrutinise new housing benefit claimants, in a deal agreed by the previous government which had saved £17m.
Should there be tougher penalties for benefit fraud and more prosecutions? Will the use of credit reference agencies help the crackdown on benefit fraud? What further measures could be taken? Are you a benefit claimant?
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