Staff who are authorised to use those powers will be required to analyse and record their grounds for suspicion. They will have to consider in each case whether the circumstances suggest that there is an innocent explanation as opposed to fraud. Staff might have objective statistical evidence that shows that the individual is disproportionately likely to be fraudulent. People who commit benefit fraud tend to do it again and are therefore more likely to be fraudulent.
We are running campaigns to encourage the take-up of certain benefits. We have plans for a Bill on pension credit that will presumably be coming before the Assembly in the next session. It will deal with the problem of low take-up of benefits by pensioners. A. All cases where the benefit fraudulently obtained exceeds £1500 are prosecuted. In other cases the decision on whether or not to offer an administrative penalty is taken by … Read More