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Saturday, July 09, 2011

The worst kind of postcode lottery

The DWP published a press release yesterday, reinforcing the status of benefit claimants as primarily suspected criminals. Titled Cheats warned of benefit fraud blitz, it describes how claimants who live in "high risk postcodes" will be scrutinised, "regardless of age, gender, ethnic make-up, type of benefit recipient, income, disability breakdown or family status".

The lucky claimants in Birmingham's B44 postcode, the Perry Barr and Kingstanding area, will be the first to receive the Mobile Regional Taskforce. Yet again, benefit claimants are automatically under suspicion, simply because they are unlucky enough to have to rely on government money, and now because they live in certain postcode areas.

It does not explain what makes a particular postcode 'high risk', but I would imagine they are made up of areas which are more deprived, with higher numbers of people already living in poverty. So, the more likely you are to need government support, the more under suspicion you are?

Benefit claimants are not criminals! While finding people who are committing fraud on a huge scale is clearly important, this move just reinforces the propaganda coming freely from the government and certain parts of the media that we are all ripping off 'the taxpayer' and need hunting down and prosecuting. It increases people's anger at us, and our fear at our situation, over which we have no control.

(Cross-posted at Where's the Benefit?)

7 comments:

Bunnyrunner said...

I receive benefit, the princely sum of 30p an hour to provide full time care for my disabled wife. This of course makes me a perfect target for the government as I am not disabled, sick or even past retirement age. I could be in full time employment, earning a living wage, paying tax, taking responsibility for myself, in a cloud of "Big Society" happiness. Meanwhile my wife could sit at home, alone and unfed and uncared for, because that same government who want me to go to work have cut funding for social care.
Yes, there are people out there milking the system, lots of them BUT there are many, many more who are just scraping by and go on, uncomplaing , day in and day out, just living their lives.
Those who recieve benefit and the disabled are easy targets and this and any other government will spend money trying to divert attention from their indescretions and shift the blame.

Anonymous said...

" People can also report a cheat on the National Benefit Fraud Hotline number 0800 854 440 or online via: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/benefit-thieves "

If I call this number and I report that Freud is a cheater, will they put him in prison ?

Anonymous said...

I have seen this kind of inquisition in Italy where exists the investigative agency ALDO PIRRI (Viale Somalia, 289 to 00199 Rome) that has even the toll-free number 800-253907 which can call anyone who has doubts about the real disability of a person or an employee. http://www.aldopirri.com/falsi-invalidi/truffe.htm
The agency says that have also “ technologically advanced equipments “ . http://www.aldopirri.com/aldopirriinvestigazioni.htm
Consequently, even behind an anonymous phone call of ignorant persons , any disable can suffer interferences in his private life .
Also in Switzerland, the Swiss disability insurance has begun to employ private investigators to uncover fraud in the disability insurance.
http://www.infoinsubria.com/2010/09/007-a-caccia-di-falsi-invalidi/

Anonymous said...

" 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. "

THANKS FREUD, THIS IS A GREAT PROOF OF WHAT I SUSPECTED !

Anonymous said...

"The new Taskforce is our latest weapon in tackling welfare fraud on the front line." http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/jul-2011/dwp080-11.shtml
This is a clear violation of the principle of PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE : IT IS NECESSARY A COMPLAINT NOT ANONYMOUS IN ORDER TO ACTIVATE THIS TASKFORCE . IT REMINDS ME THE PERSECUTIONS OF JEWS DURING THE NAZISM !

Anonymous said...

" Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform said: Welfare fraud is a crime and takes money away from the most vulnerable. "

Interfere in the private life of a vulnerable person through this kind of inquisitorial Taskforce and behind an ANONYMOUS phone call or ANONYMOUSLY online is a violation of the article 8 of the EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHT AND ALSO A CRIME .
You are kindly requested mr. Freud to consult a QUALIFIED lawyer before the implementation of these crimes.

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