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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 May 2013
Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud
A survey carried out by the TUC earlier this year revealed that people believe, on average, that 27% of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently.
This is thanks to lies peddled by the right-wing media and politicians. DWP preliminary estimates released on 9 May show that the true figure is closer to 0.7%.
Disability benefits have the lowest rates of fraud. Estimated rates for Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance are 0.3% and 0.5% respectively (£10 million and £70 million).
Fraud rates for the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are not yet measured directly, but applying the DWP's estimated fraud rate for all "unreviewed" benefits to ESA expenditure gives a figure of £68 million.
The combined cost of fraud across these three benefits is approximately £148 million in total.
Atos Healthcare, the private company responsible for assessing disabled people claiming benefits, has a contract worth £400 million.
Clearly welfare reform has everything to do with slashing billions of pounds from the welfare bill and handing juicy contracts to big business.
The TUC survey revealed that support for benefit cuts was "dependent on ignorance".
Those who know the least about welfare were the most hostile. Support for the benefit cap rapidly turned into majority opposition when it was explained how it would affect low-paid workers.
The demonization of benefits claimants can be cut across if we had a mass workers' party willing to argue the case.
But the Labour Party is completely complicit in the scapegoating of benefit claimants.
The Socialist Party is working with others in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) to stand up against the cuts.
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In The Socialist 15 May 2013:
Fight the bedroom tax
Axe the killer tax: End the bedroom tax now
Bedroom tax non-implementation
Socialist Party news and analysis
Give us jobs, not Tory lies
Stop the health cuts!
Fat cat tax-dodging: 200 lorry loads of lolly!
Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
TUSC builds support in Leicester byelection
Swansea's food bank for students
British government supports murderous Sri Lankan regime
Socialist Party meeting against cuts
Socialist Party workplace news
Gloves off in Mid Yorks hospital battle
Brighton bin workers fight pay cuts - this time from the Greens
Wales TUC: no fight against austerity
Unison leader 'gets it wrong' over action on pay
PCS conference 20-23 May
Workplace news in brief
Letter to the Tories who tell me to 'work hard and strive'
When mass action defeated Thatcher's poll tax
Yeadon Mill strike 1913
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