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Aug. 11th, 2010 08:35 am
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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/peter-stanford-david-cameron-disability-and-the-nasty-party-769136.html

Cameron has announced that he will be working vigorously to reduce the £1.5b lost through disability benefits fraud.

Figures actually indicate that only 9% of this figure is fraud while the remainder is mis-management and straight forward mistakes on the part of the benefits office.

Compare this with the £15b lost through tax evasion.

Which would you target?

In Mini-Thatcher's  Camaron's defence, I suppose disabled people don't regularly contribute large sums to political parties, do they? 
 

"£1.5 billion is enough to pay for something like 40,000 nurses in the NHS," Mr Cameron said during a PM Direct question and answer session.

So, we'll ultimately see a massive increase in hospital staff as a result of this, will we? Yeah, right.

The idea being proposed is to set up private companies whose sole job (and source of profit) will be to rifle through the personal details benefit recipients and report 'cheats'. 
Can anyone NOT see where this idea falls down?

Shami Chakrabarti, director of pressure group Liberty, said it was right to tackle fraud but told BBC Radio 4's PM programme: "What we must not do is to create the benefit equivalent of parking attendants who are wanting to find people guilty, wanting to find people suspicious, because that's the way they get paid."

Obviously, the Conservatives are beginning to show their Thatcherite tendencies again.

(Quotes taken from http://latestnews.virginmedia.com/infocus/2010/08/10/cameron_crackdown_on_benefit_cheats)




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