A Tale of Two Valentines


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Happy Valentine's Day

Yesterday the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) outdid itself.  As Anoosh Chakelian wrote: ‘nothing says love like perpetuating the damaging societal myth of benefit scroungers via a cutesy gif’. She was referring to the following tweet by @dwppressoffice: 

‘Claiming to be living alone is one of the most common types of benefit fraud – don’t ruin #ValentinesDay by failing to declare your true circumstances.'(Accompanied by a gif complete with Valentines' hearts, there is also a link to an article in the Daily Express with the title ‘Valentine's fraud WARNING: Crackdown issued on couples who pose as single to cheat taxman’.)

And yet, as Chakelian reminds us:

The government estimates 1.1 per cent of benefits are paid out fraudulently claimed (in 2015-16). But even this minute proportion comes under the category of "overpayment", which includes honest mistakes on both sides. So only a tiny minority of people are fraudulently claiming. New Statesmen - The full horror of the Department for Work & Pensions’ Valentine message

Read on..

By Gayle Letherby



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