SOCIAL WELFARE IS NOT A WAY OF LIFE-VARADKAR; Taoiseach-Elect Writes about His Vision for Ireland

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SOCIAL WELFARE IS NOT A WAY OF LIFE-VARADKAR; Taoiseach-Elect Writes about His Vision for Ireland


Byline: Craig Hughes and John Lee

SOCIAL welfare is a safety net for a second chance not a way of life, Leo Varadkar tells readers of the Irish Mail on Sunday. In a column written exclusively for today's newspaper, the taoiseach-elect outlines his vision for the country and his priorities for the economy.

However, a special MOS investigation into welfare fraud reveals that Mr Varadkar's constituency is among the worst in the country. We detail where the welfare fraud blackspots are, and show how billions of euro have been saved as part of a clean-up by the department in recent years.

The Social Protection Minister, who is set to become Ireland's 14th Taoiseach on Wednesday, writes: 'If my election as leader has shown anything, it is that Ireland can be a republic of opportunity for all our citizens. What matters is not where we come from, but where we want to go. That is the kind of republic I believe in, one with sound public finances and a strong and competitive economy, where everyone has an equal chance to achieve their full potential through education, equal rights before the law, and employment opportunities.

'It is one where social welfare is a strong safety net and a second chance, but not a way of life; where work, talent and inventiveness are rewarded and personal freedom and liberty are respected,' he adds.

Last month, Mr Varadkar championed a push for members of the public to inform on welfare cheats as part of a campaign called Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All.

While critics suggested the level of fraud is relatively small, and Mr Varadkar was using the issue to boost his profile ahead of the Fine Gael leadership election, the MoS can now reveal that more than [euro]2.6bn was saved in the fraud clampdown in the last five years, after more than five million reviews over all welfare schemes.

Our analysis shows that the Dublin Central area - which takes in Dublin city centre as well as Blanchardstown which is in Mr Varadkar's constituency - had the highest average saving after the department's probes.

The investigations, known as 'control reviews', found cases of overpayment, fraud or a change in a claimant's circumstances. Not all control reviews lead to savings.

On average the department saved [euro]1,291 for every review of welfare recipients in the area.

The figures revealed by the MoS today detail the savings made from stopping frauds in the jobseeker's allowance, one-parent family payment, the back-to-education scheme, the back-to-work scheme and the farm assist payment in each department division. …

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