DWP update as Britons' bank accounts will be checked for seven signs of benefit fraud

The DWP deals with a number of benefits including Universal Credit, PIP and Pension Credit. It also administers vital payments such as the state pension. These benefits and payments are received by millions of people right across the country. Thankfully, the vast majority of people claim benefits or receive payments honestly. However, unfortunately, there are some instances where a person might be receiving a sum to which they are not actually entitled. Understandably, this can be a problem, and is ultimately unfair on the people who do receive a DWP sum in an honest way.

As a result, the DWP is taking action and is looking to hunt down instances of benefit fraud to make the system work in a better way.

The Government defines benefit fraud as a person claiming benefits they are not entitled to on purpose. This could occur when a person provides false information, or if they do not report a change in their circumstances.

When investigating benefit fraud, understandably, there will be a number of signs which could point the DWP towards suspicious activity.

In total, there are seven different types of overpayments which the DWP is keeping an eye out for.

READ MORE: Mortgage alert: Britons may still be paying debt past 65

© Getty•DWP DWP benefit fraud

The first is a mistake which is made by the claimant such as a non-disclosure of circumstances of an incomplete form. This is followed by deliberate fraud which is made by the claimant – which could be failing to disclose a material fact, or deliberate misrepresentation.

A third type of overpayment involves interim and advance payments, which include short term benefit advances which cannot be recovered from the benefit for which they were paid.

Universal Credit recoverable hardship payments can also be classed as an overpayment for recovery purposes. This is the case if recovery can no longer be taken from the benefit that was in place at the time of payment.

Two other types of overpayments the DWP looks for are overpayments due to late award of other benefit or income, and overpayments due to the way in which the Direct Payment banking system operates.

DON’T MISS

National Insurance warning as Britons ‘unprepared’ for tax hikes [ANALYSIS]

Universal Credit PIP & state pension recipients to get bonus this year [INSIGHT]

Savings warning as ‘hard-working’ Britons urged to take action [EXCLUSIVE]

Finally, there is official error. However, this only applies to Universal Credit and contributory Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance claims made on or after April 29, 2013.

If someone is suspected of benefit fraud, they can expect to be contacted by the DWP, or HMRC if it is relevant, and potentially even their local authority.

A benefit may be stopped while a person is investigated. Individuals can expect to receive a letter if this is the case.

People could also be visited by Fraud Investigation Officers, or asked to attend an interview to speak about their claim, known as an interview under caution.

© Getty universal credit DWP

These officers have the responsibility of gathering facts about a person’s case, at which point they will go on to decide whether or not they will take the case further.

There are a number of types of evidence which can be collected by investigators, including financial data such as bank statements.

These can help to paint a picture of a person’s life, their spending habits, and whether these adhere to the type of claim they are making for benefits.

Other forms of evidence include correspondence, audio recordings, photographs or videos, interviews, and inspector reports from surveillance activities.

The DWP may even utilise a person’s social media to check whether their claim matches up with the life they portray online.

If it is found someone commits or has attempted to commit fraud, then one or more of the following could happen:

  • A person is told to pay back the overpaid money
  • A person may be taken to court or asked to pay a penalty – between £350 and £5,000
  • A person may see their benefits reduced stopped

The Government concluded: “Only certain benefits can be reduced or stopped. These are called ‘sanctionable benefits’.

“But if you commit fraud on a benefit that cannot be reduced or stopped, your other benefits can be reduced instead.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Saudi Arabia, UAE summon Lebanon envoys over Yemen war criticism

© Provided by Al Jazeera Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi called the war in Yemen ‘futile’ and said it was ‘time for it to end’ during an interview [File: Mohamed ... Read more »

No 10 vows retaliation if Paris goes ahead with threat in Brexit fishing feud

© Niall Carson (PA) Downing Street has vowed to retaliate against France if Paris goes ahead with a “disappointing and disproportionate” threat to impose sanctions in an escalation of a ... Read more »

Video: Duchess of Cornwall speaks at violence against women event

The Duchess said Britain had been 'appalled and saddened' by the loss of women to violence already this year, Read more »

EU imposes record fine on Poland ‘to avoid serious and irreparable harm' as rule-of-law row escalates

The European Union’s top court yesterday imposed a record daily fine of €1m (£845,000) on Poland for failing to scrap a disciplinary system for judges, in a ruling that rapidly ... Read more »

How Stress works in Darkest Dungeon 2

You not only have to manage the health meter of your party members in Darkest Dungeon 2, but you need to be wary about their Stress. A character’s Stress can ... Read more »

Letters to the Editor: Some arguments for preserving South L.A. have a familiar, racially-charged ring

To the editor: As a Black resident of Los Angeles living in a home that is now far more valuable than I ever imagined when I purchased it in the ... Read more »

College Football Week 9 Best Bets: Composite Ratings Picks The Winners

The Composite loves the underdogs this weekend and is here to help you make the right bets. The Composite’s really gonna get an interesting workout this week. Picking underdogs is ... Read more »

Mom Battling COVID Comes Off Life Support, Finally Meets Baby After Giving Birth on a Ventilator

An Indiana mom’s severe battle with COVID-19 prevented her from meeting her newborn — but thanks to her improving condition, she finally had the chance to hold him. © Provided ... Read more »

How to activate the elevator in Lady Hellbender's throne room in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy – puzzle solution

You don’t want to cross Lady Hellbender, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are doing it anyway. In order to retrieve either Rocket or Groot back from her clutches, you’ll ... Read more »

Joe Manchin: The man of the moment

In an evenly divided Senate, every senator has the ability to be a kingmaker. But West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has taken it to the next level. © Provided by ... Read more »

Jim Harbaugh has Michigan back ... but the journey is just beginning

Coming off a two-win (albeit Covid-shortened) season, with his pay slashed and his staff retooled, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh occupied one of the hottest seats in college football coaching entering 2021. ... Read more »

Walensky: US 'heading in the right direction' but must stay 'vigilant'

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday the U.S. is “heading in the right direction” but must stay “vigilant” as the winter approaches. © Greg ... Read more »

Tips for buying a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X

It has almost been a year since Sony and Microsoft released their newest gaming consoles, and people are still having a difficult time tracking them down. Whether it’s due to ... Read more »

How to refer a friend in Fortnite

Are you looking to bring some of your friends into Fortnite? Well, the game’s new Refer a Friend program can help with that while giving you multiple rewards to boot.  ... Read more »

Health and social care levy could lead to lower wages, warns watchdog

Boris Johnson – Liam McBurney/PA Wire Boris Johnson's health and social care levy could lead to lower wages as employers are forced to absorb the increase in their tax contributions, ... Read more »

Many progressives grudgingly accepting smaller economic bill

Congress Budget Progressives (2020 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.) Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that's neither as big or bold as they wanted, thanks ... Read more »

Budget 2021: chancellor limits spending to start building election war chest

Rishi Sunak intends to cut taxes before the next general election, after limiting his budget help to deal with a winter cost of living crisis in order to start building ... Read more »

Dramatic moment tornado touches town on Louisiana freeway and explodes into bright blue flash as it hits power line during storm that also destroyed homes in Texas and left 90,000 without power

 A Twitter used in Lake Charles, Louisiana shared shocking footage of a roving tornado hitting a power line alongside a freeway this morning Throughout Louisiana, 18,710 homes and businesses are without power as of 2.15 pm, according to poweroutage.us In Cameron County, Louisiana, more than 60 percent have lost electricity This morning, more than 90,000 were left without power throughout Texas; as of 2.15 pm, nearly 55,000 still have not had their electricity restoredA line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and lightningThe storms are expected to move across Louisiana into Mississippi by this evening, then on to the Florida Panhandle Read more »

Apple says 175 new suppliers joining its clean energy pledge will eliminate more than 18 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year

In all, 175 suppliers have taken Apple's clean energy pledge this year, an increase of 250 percent from 2020Combined they will bring over 9 gigawatts of clean energy onto power gridsApple said it will make its global supply chain carbon-neutral by 2030 and every device sold have a net-zero climate impactSuppliers in 24 countries have signed on, including the U.S., China and India Read more »

Dreaming of a blue Christmas? We're all about this holiday trend

© The Holiday Aisle / Anthropologie / Sattiyrch Dreaming of a blue Christmas? We’re all about this holiday trend — Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make ... Read more »

Minnesota company denied transgender applicant because he wouldn't ‘mix well' with customers

Frizzell Furniture will also be adopting an anti-discrimination policy stemming from the findings. Google Maps A Minnesota furniture retailer will pay $60,000 to a transgender job applicant who was denied ... Read more »

Nevada GOP Senate Candidate Responds after TV Station Pulls Dem Attack Ad over Inaccuracies

A Reno television station’s decision to pull an unsubstantiated Democratic ad attacking Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt is evidence that Democrats and his opponent “will say anything to win this ... Read more »

The 17 Best Luxury Bathrobes That Are Worth the Splurge

© Courtesy of Eberjey Whether you’re a robe person or not, one thing is certain. Once you find a bathrobe you like, there’s no going back. But the luxury bathrobe ... Read more »

Hue Launches the Next Chapter of Guest Designer Program With A.Potts, Marrisa Wilson and Nicole Benefield

© Courtesy Photo Click here to read the full article. Hue is launching the next chapter of it guest designer program with Aaron Potts, Marrisa Wilson and Nicole Benefield. Called ... Read more »

Get a Better Night's Rest With the Best Weighted Comforters

© Courtesy of Brooklinen Most people don’t sleep properly. Whether that’s not getting enough hours in bed or waking up several times in the middle of the night, this can ... Read more »

Activists regain access to Stoneybatter site after stand-off with security firm and gardaí

That Social Centre said on social media that one of their activists fled to the roof of the property during the attempted eviction. HOUSING ACTIVISTS HAVE regained access to a ... Read more »

Fox News host Neil Cavuto shares hate mail following his COVID diagnosis and pushing viewers to get vaccinated

Apparently it isn’t just mainstream news outlets that get hate mail from Fox News viewers. © Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America/TNS Neil Cavuto of the Fox Business Network, on stage ... Read more »

Trump lawyers ask judge to block IRS from giving his tax returns to congressional panel

Lawyers representing former President Trump asked a federal judge on Tuesday to block the Treasury Department and the IRS from giving his tax returns to a congressional committee seeking to ... Read more »

Seasonal Lawn Care Schedule

© Family Handyman Working from home has given some people much more time to work on lawns and gardens. If you’re a proud do-it-yourselfer and lawn enthusiast, it can be ... Read more »

Alec Baldwin Shot Halyna Hutchins with a Real Bullet on the Rust Set, Authorities Say

Authorities in New Mexico have confirmed that the projectile that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of Rust was a real lead bullet. © Provided by ... Read more »

Woman pays man $60 to test-drive Tesla — then she steals it, Michigan cops say

A woman who led officers on a three-county chase in a Tesla stole the vehicle from a man as he was test-driving it, Michigan cops say. Police say Areyon Niley ... Read more »

'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'

© Dan Sheridan INPHO Tshituka is tackled by Owen Farrell during the Lions v Lions clash last summer. IT USED TO be dancing of the ballroom and hip-hop varieties that ... Read more »

No 10 vows retaliation if Paris goes ahead with threat in Brexit fishing fued

Downing Street has vowed to retaliate against France if Paris goes ahead with a “disappointing and disproportionate” threat to impose sanctions in an escalation of a row over fishing boats. ... Read more »

Impact of Brexit on economy 'worse than Covid'

© BBC The impact of Brexit on the UK economy will be worse in the long run compared to the coronavirus pandemic, the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility ... Read more »

New environment minister says his climate plan is not a 'secret agenda'

OTTAWA — Newly minted Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says his agenda to combat climate change and bring down emissions from Alberta’s oilsands is not a secret. © Provided by The ... Read more »

Peel and Stick Flooring: What to Know Before You Buy

Do you want endless style choices without the high price? Peel and stick flooring might be worth a try. It’s a quick, easy and low-commitment way to give your floors ... Read more »

Green? Our beaches are brown and our wildlife is dying – how can we lecture the world?

WALKING on my local beach this week has been a rather, er, crunchier business than usual. It didn’t smell too good, either. This week thousands of dead crabs and lobsters ... Read more »

Three-storey home goes on sale in trendy London spot for £1million – but there's plenty of room for improvement

A THREE-STOREY family home has gone on the market in a trendy London postcode for £1million – but there's a huge catch. The end-of-terrace property in the East End, which ... Read more »

Ian Wright questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United duo's absences

Former Arsenal star and England international Ian Wright has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for not selecting Jadon Sancho or Jesse Lingard during Manchester United’s recent run of form. Pressure is ... Read more »

Shriram Housing Q2 net almost flat at Rs 18.8 cr

© Provided by Zee Business Affordable housing player Shriram Housing Finance on Wednesday reported Rs 18.8 crore net profit for the September quarter, up almost 5 per cent from the ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic