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Freud on Fraud

This week has seen the publication by DWP of Freud's proposals for Tackling fraud and error in the benefit and tax credits systems.

A summary of the proposals includes:

  • employing private sector firms on a payment by results basis (with a where appropriate proviso);
  • enhanced checks and tougher sanctions;
  • recruiting over 200 new anti-fraud officers to sanction a further 10,000 fraudsters every year;
  • encouraging informants by offering rewards;
  • mobile regional fraud taskforce;
  • increasing asset seizures and introducing three-strike rules.

There will also be a role for Big Society partners to help educate and support customers in getting their claims right, but there isn't really much detail about who BSPs are.

Click here for the press release and to download the full report.

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