Benefit claimants' credit records can be accessed by bailiffs
- 14 Mar
DWP has received new powers that will make it easier for them to confiscate possessions from people who make fraudulent benefit claims.
Bailiffs are now able to access benefit claimant's credit reference records in a bit to reduce the amount of fraudulent claims. The move is aiming to make it easier to confiscate high-value possessions if claimants have failed to pay back benefits that have been fraudulently claimed.
Until last year the DWP were only able to access credit reference records on an ad hoc bases it there was a reasonable suspicion of benefit fraud, now they have complete access to credit reference data, reports the Guardian.
It is estimated that £1.2bn was lost to benefit fraud last year and this new power means that fraudulent claimants will see their benefits repaid through the sale of their assets.
A No 10 spokesperson said: "Getting the welfare budget under control is a key part of our long-term plan for the economy. We want to end the something-for-nothing culture and deliver for people who want to work hard and play by the rules."
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