… says George Osbourne when announcing anti-fraud initiatives including a three year suspension of benefits rights following a “three strikes” conviction (apparently based on an American sporting term), and £50 fines for deliberately or inadvertently providing misinformation of claim-forms.
An acquaintance of mine obtained menial work at a supermarket which barely surpassed the money he was receiving through benefit. He carried on claiming for a few weeks, with the intention of clearing one outstanding debt, but was rumbled.
Another acquaintance is on the minimum state pension, and has just been informed that some £600 have been overpaid. It looks as if he will be required to repay this through reduced payments, despite having accepted it in good faith.
Fortunately, I live in the Calvinistic Republic of Scotland where Alex Salmond has promised a two year freeze of rises in council tax, believes in “bobbies not boundaries” and finally has found a small (semi)-independent country which offers a credible promise of economically viable self-rule.