Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Outlines Team Approach to Fraud

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Outlines Team Approach to Fraud

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Whitehall departments are teaming up with government agencies and the private sector to launch a huge data-matching exercise designed to identify benefit fraudsters, tax cheats and absent parents.

A strategy document, published by the Department for Work and Pensions on October 14, outlines plans to pilot systems from 2006 to improve links between the DWP, Revenue & Customs and the Home Office, as well as agencies such as the Child Support Agency and private sector partners.

Reducing fraud in the benefits system: aims and ambitions, published by Work and Pensions secretary David Blunkett and benefits minister James Plaskitt, reveals Whitehall's plans to link up with private sector credit reference agencies for the first time.

It also gives the government s first commitment to trial lie detectors that could be used on benefit claimants to prevent fraudulent claims.

Proposals to use a national identity card system to determine benefit entitlements are included, although the DWP told Public Finance that 'no commitment' has been made on how ID cards would be used in the battle against fraud.

Home secretary Charles Clarke this week promised to limit ID card information to that contained in passports, which could restrict their use by the DWP. …

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