Shall we get this into perspective; what about the £16 billion of unclaimed benefits?
Defrauding the WPD takes a lot skill and courage. There are many people who don't claim because of the complicated form filling exercise and are afraid. The radio/TV adverts have work very well!
The mistakes made by the staff ( in most cases underpayment) are because they too, do not understand the forms and are inadequately trained to make the proper assessments. Most over payments are recovered.
There many fraudsters who are also caught, especially those who are claiming disability allowance and guess what, the majority of these claimants are born and bred in this country, some even have homes in Spain, France and other European countries. Even those who make genuine mistakes in their application form are treated like criminals by WPD!
To assert that people are flooding into this country because of our benefit systems and an open door immigrant policy, is a political fantasy, not mention the rabid denunciation of economic migrants/immigrants in our right wing tabloid press. Yet, the most of the businesses who employed these people are not interested with the indigenous population. Why?
This is an easy card to play when things are not going well so in "this fantastic country"!