Crimestoppers joins forces with DWP to tackle Benefit fraud

December 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm 8 comments

You can now report suspected benefit fraud via Crimestoppers who are working on a joint campaign with DWP, that will mean everyone sleeps safer in their bed, won’t  it?

Make no mistake, their are very few disabled people who would  not welcome any wellmanaged  campaign to stop fraud, whilst fraud in disability benefits is low, any fraud gives geniune claimants a bad name,  and makes  their lives harder.  I know disabled people who have reported incidents where they have substantial concerns.  I support their right to do this, reporting  wrongdoing  protects the innocent honest claimants.

Whilst I would never suggest that Crimestoppers  does not have a properly managed set up I do worry that this is too easy.  In all honestyand in general terms, disabled people are not very popular, in fact many face regular hate, just because they are disabled. I worry that the ‘shop a claimant’ may become attack a crip.  Its quick and easy, too easy, reporters don’t have to  identify themselves. Benefit fraud is the 3rd most worry causing fraud, not surprising since the public are fed the idea, almost daily that its rife, mostly committed by disabled people.  Unlike them  I will let facts get in the way of a good story.  Fraud when quoted, is often lumped together  with official error, DWP mistakes, despite having the facts.  Fraud in disability benefits is less than one percent.  The decision making process is strict, decision makers usually seek medical advice even if claimants do not get assessed directly by ATOS.   Success at appeal is high suggesting many failed claims are faulty decisions.

Someone accused of fraud faces a strict interview, often under caution, is likely to have benefit suspended, meaning they struggle to survive. They also face the stigma of being accused That would be bad enough for anyone, but ifyou have health issues, the stress could cause illness or even death. It will catch some, but potentially needlessly harm many more.  Hate crime made easy is a step too far  


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey Riley  |  December 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    The end of the article appears to be missing it ends with “I worry that the ‘shop a claimant”

    • 2. Lisa Egan (@lisybabe)  |  December 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Also the word “crimestoppers” in the first line is a broken link.

      • 3. debondisability  |  December 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Thanks, now sorted, it seemed to have disappeared into cyberspace,

      • 4. debondisability  |  December 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Thanks sorted

  • 5. Ron  |  December 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Just what the country needs – more opportunities for psychos, fruitcakes, and net-curtain-peepers to make malicious and unfounded allegations of fraud.

    And no attempt to level the playing-field by removing anonymity – even mass-murderers get to fact their accusers, who then have to prove their guilt. Justice, being done and being seen to be done.

    On benefits and the normal rules don’t apply; you can’t confront your accusers, and you have to prove your own innocence because there is simply no justice involved in any way whatsoever.

    • 6. debondisability  |  December 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Yes my worries exactly. For us its guilty until provedinnocent, rather than innocent till proved guilty.

  • 7. Ron  |  December 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Sorry – . . . get to face their accusers . . . not “fact”

  • 8. My Homepage  |  December 18, 2011 at 7:05 am

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