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A new hard-hitting campaign will tell benefit thieves that there is no excuse for benefit theft - commit it and you will be caught and punished. The No Ifs No Buts campaign warns benefit customers that no excuse will be tolerated if they deliberately hide changes in their circumstances that might affect their benefits. Failure to do so could constitute fraud.
 
The campaign will feature television adverts and billboard posters highlighting the problem of taxpayers’ money being stolen by benefit thieves. Last year benefit thieves received over 52,000 prosecutions, sanctions and cautions for a range of fraud offences.
 
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, John Hutton said:
 
“Benefit fraud is theft, and we are committed to catching benefit thieves and bringing the toughest penalties against those who commit this crime – no ifs, no buts.
 
“The public are fed up with benefit
thieves stealing money intended for society’s most vulnerable. There are no excuses for taking money that isn’t yours.”
 
The No Ifs No Buts campaign puts the spotlight on those benefit customers who deliberately fail to report any changes in their lives and highlights the consequences of not doing so.
 
Similar campaigns in recent years have helped reduce the amount that benefit thieves stole from £2 billion in 2001 to around £0.9 billion last year. Investigators are using new powers, such as the right to check bank accounts and household bills, to come down hard on people who cheat the system.
 
Data Matching

This Authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other appropriate organisations who share a responsibility for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

 

Data Matching is a process in which the data or information held on one organisations computer system can be compared with or matched against information held on another organisations computer system with the intention of identifying any specific differences in that information. The information matched usually relates to an individual’s personal circumstances e.g., household details, income, capital.

 

Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency, which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or another explanation with regards to the match until an investigation is carried out.

 

Data Matching is increasingly used by South Staffordshire Council in anti fraud drives conducted by the Revenues and Benefits Fraud Team. South Staffordshire Housing Benefit Application form specifically advises claimants that we may check information provided for a Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support claim with other, appropriate agencies for example Department of Work and Pensions, Inland Revenue.

 

Data Matching is an immensely powerful tool in the prevention and detection of benefit/discount fraud. Accordingly Data Matching is strictly regulated by the Data Protection Registrar who applies limits to control an organisations power to hold and pass on information held against an individual.
 

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Benefit Fraud Hotline
Telephone: (0500) 658008
 
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