Saturday, December 10, 2005

British justice?

Two cleaners "supplement" their low incomes by claiming benefits that they are not entitled to and are rightly imprisoned for their offences.

Perry Carter, 42, was jailed for six months after he admitted using the name of his wife's late husband to claim £11,000 in benefits. Mrs Carter, 41, admitted claiming £18,600 in benefits and was jailed for 12 months.

A woman does not share the "secret of her success" with anyone else, lived in a £1.6m mansion, owned stables and six horses, hired a gardener and enjoyed luxury holidays, claimed £127,612.20 in benefits, admits her guilt and escapes with a two year suspended sentence after writing a cheque for over £200,000 because she still has "young children".

Will the Inland Revenue be investigating her income tax returns?


Alison said...

How depressing.

Stuart said...

After the hearing a Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said they took these cases "extremely seriously".

"Benefit fraudsters steal £1.5bn a year that could be spent on schools and hospitals. There is no excuse for defrauding the system."

What a pack of lies!! Skools 'n' ospitals are not paid for out of the DWP's annual budget, and millions of pounds in benefits go unclaimed every year by people too proud or intimidated by the system to claim them.
Quote from Hansard: Baroness Hollis of Heigham: 90 per cent. of disabled people entitled to DLA and AA claimed their moneys, expenditure would go up from about £7.5 billion to £13 billion on that benefit alone. Equally, we know that something like 1 million elderly people--mainly single women over 75--fail to claim the income support to which they are entitled and therefore miss something like £17 a week. .........As my noble friend said, out of the 72,000 or so benefit integrity cases that the Government have reviewed--about 2,000 were followed up in greater detail--only five cases have gone forward to the courts. There is very little fraud. There is a great deal of error and serious under-claiming."