Talk:Benefit fraud in the United Kingdom

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Date needed[edit]

There's a paragraph beginning "Recently ..." which needs a date, since this is an encyclopedia article and will be read many years from now. Thanks. Softlavender 13:14, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

I've changed it to 'In the first decade of the 2000s' since this is the decade we're in and it is the time period to which the statement refers. TheRetroGuy (talk) 14:49, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Actually 21st Century is more accurate. The 2000s are the first decade of the 21st Century. TheRetroGuy (talk) 13:08, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Mistake: needs amended[edit]

ref to add for quote its the only ref I found but is in the guidance for benefit fraud investigation could some one please add it or find a better reference. Away to play in the sandbox —Preceding unsigned comment added by Omeganumber (talkcontribs) 15:50, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Done. TheRetroGuy (talk) 13:12, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result was Rename to Benefit fraud in the United Kingdom. Valid arguments for merging with Welfare fraud but the shortness of that article would end up giving undue weight to this UK material compared to the remainder of the page. However, have inserted a paragraph there with link to this page. Euryalus (talk) 09:46, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Apart from a brief mention of media attention in Australia, this article seems to focus solely on benefit fraud in the UK. We should expand the article to cover the topic from a broader perspective. I've added a {{globalise}} tag for now. -- Avenue (talk) 10:42, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

In that case it might be better to merge with welfare fraud.
-- Randy2063 (talk) 19:13, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, I hadn't seen that article. It seems to cover much the same concept, so yes, merging benefit fraud and welfare fraud would make sense to me. Another alternative would be to rename this one "Benefit fraud in the United Kingdom", and work on expanding the other one. From its wording, and the inclusion of a Norwegian example, the other article seems readier to accommodate a wider geographical range than this one. -- Avenue (talk) 00:29, 10 December 2009 (UTC)
I support renaming, not merging. Sources seem to be for one country, rather than international, so we would end up with one article heavily biassed towards two countries rather than two articles explicitly about one country each. Abigailgem (talk) 08:26, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I think renaming seems like the smartest option: Benefit Fraud -> Welfare Fraud in the United Kingdom. Then it can be listed as a link on the Welfare Fraud page leading to the example. Similar things exist, for example, with: "Health Care" (general overview), and "Health Care in [Country]" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:42, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
I disagree, I don't think welfare fraud is unique to the United Kingdom, it just seems to be a popular topic in the British gutter press. The issues involved in welfare fraud are common to other nations - I'd suggest merging it with Welfare fraud.Gymnophoria (talk) 13:39, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Disputed section[edit]

I have commented out the following section as it is disputed within the article. Disputed statements should be debated in Talk pages, not within the article itself.

While there has been publicity that the DWP are able to use electronic means (data mining) to identify fraud, there does not appear to be any evidence that they are able to manipulate their own data in such a way as to identify fraud effectively. Such system, were it to be effective, would cost well in excess of total benefit fraud, which is only 0.7% of the welfare budget. *This is incorrect and one of the main methods of identifying fraudsters is actually data matching from other agencies i.e. the tax office. Dave.Dunford (talk) 18:58, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Unsupported claims of Benefit fraud abroad[edit]

"Between April 2008 and March 2009 it is estimated that £55 million was lost as a result of benefit fraud overpayments to British claimants who did not tell the authorities they were living or travelling abroad."?

Unless some evidence can be presented to back it up, should not this unsupported claim be deleted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:09, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Big Bother Is (still) Watching Us![edit]

"The most recent campaign makes claims about the likelihood of getting caught and the consequences of committing benefit fraud using ‘And they thought they’d never be caught’ as the leading slogan."

Since this statement reads like some 1984 style dis-information, should not Wikipedia consider whether it is helping the British government to push its' agenda against the poor? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:58, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

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