Benefit cheats in the B44 area are being warned today that a new Mobile Regional Taskforce to combat fraud will be visiting later this month. This new team is targeting all high risk postcodes across the country re-examining claims for benefits and Tax Credits.
The Taskforce is the latest crack-down on benefit fraud by the Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC alongside local authorities, and cheats are being urged to admit their crimes and pay back the money before they get a knock on the door.
Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform said:
“The new Taskforce is our latest weapon in tackling welfare fraud on the front line. We are sending a clear warning that if you are fiddling the system, you will be caught. Welfare fraud is a crime and takes money away from the most vulnerable.
“People who are receiving the correct benefits and Tax Credits have absolutely nothing to fear. But if people have deliberately not told us of a change in circumstances, they should do so now, before the team comes knocking at their door.
“Alongside the Taskforce we are bringing in the Universal Credit which will simplify and automate the benefits system. This will make it much easier to catch people who make false claims.”
The Mobile Regional Taskforce will scrutinise the claims of a high proportion of current benefit customers within a specific geographical location, regardless of age, gender, ethnic make-up, type of benefit recipient, income, disability breakdown or family status.
The Taskforce will begin in the B44 postcode area of which this blog covers on 25th July 2011 before a full roll out across the country commences in the autumn.
A protest has been organised on Facebook against this Taskforce.