Allow Local Authorities to use Electoral Roll to Prevent Fraud

At present local authorities are having to pay Experian, the Credit Reference Agency to match their own electoral roll against their own council tax records to identify people claiming a council tax discount for living alone, when other adults live at the address and are registered at the address to vote. This is becauise the law does mot allow the Council to do this data matching itself, but a credit reference agency can.

This is a ridiculous state of affairs. A simple data match that could be done on a PC is costing each Council £15,000 or more putting millions of pounds of public money into Experian's pocket. The law should be changed so Councils can do this simple check themselves. 

Why is this idea important?

At present local authorities are having to pay Experian, the Credit Reference Agency to match their own electoral roll against their own council tax records to identify people claiming a council tax discount for living alone, when other adults live at the address and are registered at the address to vote. This is becauise the law does mot allow the Council to do this data matching itself, but a credit reference agency can.

This is a ridiculous state of affairs. A simple data match that could be done on a PC is costing each Council £15,000 or more putting millions of pounds of public money into Experian's pocket. The law should be changed so Councils can do this simple check themselves. 

Children Benefit being sent home by foreigners

I don't think it's fair that Child Benefit can be claimed by EU nationals and sent home to their country for children that don't even live here. What makes it worse, is that they need little proof if any of how many children they have and the amount of money claimed is more than the child benefit they would recieve in their own country.

Why is this idea important?

I don't think it's fair that Child Benefit can be claimed by EU nationals and sent home to their country for children that don't even live here. What makes it worse, is that they need little proof if any of how many children they have and the amount of money claimed is more than the child benefit they would recieve in their own country.

Stiffer Sentences for Benefit Fraud

Commit benefit fraud and you will go to Prision and you will lose benefits to help pay for it back.

Time and time again we read in the press about people commiting this in quite large amounts only to get a let off with a suspended prision sentence or community service and then not lose their all their benefits to pay for it.

Whilst they may have a nominal amount cut to pay it back, it's normally so low that it doesn't even make dent in their vast weekly claims anyway so the money is never recovered.

The signal currently being sent out , is that Fraud pays. Do it on a large enough scale and the punishment is  well worth the crime.. !!!..

I would like to see :

1 -A much higher proportion of benefit cut to recover the money.

2 – Custodial sentences for larger amounts of fraud.

3 – People claiming asylum who commit doing benefit fraud to be automatically deported and lose their right to claim. 

 

Why is this idea important?

Commit benefit fraud and you will go to Prision and you will lose benefits to help pay for it back.

Time and time again we read in the press about people commiting this in quite large amounts only to get a let off with a suspended prision sentence or community service and then not lose their all their benefits to pay for it.

Whilst they may have a nominal amount cut to pay it back, it's normally so low that it doesn't even make dent in their vast weekly claims anyway so the money is never recovered.

The signal currently being sent out , is that Fraud pays. Do it on a large enough scale and the punishment is  well worth the crime.. !!!..

I would like to see :

1 -A much higher proportion of benefit cut to recover the money.

2 – Custodial sentences for larger amounts of fraud.

3 – People claiming asylum who commit doing benefit fraud to be automatically deported and lose their right to claim. 

 

Allow Jobseekers to do some work

Let people on Jobseekers take part-time work up to a maximum level of income (e.g. £50/wk). Income over that level can be deducted from their benefits. This has already been tried and is very successful in Canada.

Why is this idea important?

Let people on Jobseekers take part-time work up to a maximum level of income (e.g. £50/wk). Income over that level can be deducted from their benefits. This has already been tried and is very successful in Canada.

Revamp the Benefits System – making it a support service, not a right to abuse the system!

Even the cows in the field know that the benefits system is abused and needs changed. 

People should be allowed 3 months support allowance to help them when the loose their job .  They should also be provided with the support to find a new job.  After 3 months, the support allowance becomes a loan, and the amount loaned is reduced each month thereafter until they get a job within 6 month.  The loan is taken back through an additional income tax once they begin earning.  (Those currently on benefits begin now with their 3 month support allowace).

Those who don't get a job in 6 months, are able to sign up to work for the governement (ie cleaning the mess in citities, towns and outskirts), which will entitle them to earn a certain amount for each of the days the work. 

Sounds harsh – but I bet it would get those abusing the system in work pretty quickly!

Why is this idea important?

Even the cows in the field know that the benefits system is abused and needs changed. 

People should be allowed 3 months support allowance to help them when the loose their job .  They should also be provided with the support to find a new job.  After 3 months, the support allowance becomes a loan, and the amount loaned is reduced each month thereafter until they get a job within 6 month.  The loan is taken back through an additional income tax once they begin earning.  (Those currently on benefits begin now with their 3 month support allowace).

Those who don't get a job in 6 months, are able to sign up to work for the governement (ie cleaning the mess in citities, towns and outskirts), which will entitle them to earn a certain amount for each of the days the work. 

Sounds harsh – but I bet it would get those abusing the system in work pretty quickly!

Disabled People Receive too Many Benefits!

To counter the rise of ever increasing cost of meeting disabled peoples needs a care benefit should be introduced for those supporting disabled people.

This care benefit will give the carer the exact amount of money needed to pay for the essentials which the disabled person needs such as food. housing & mobility costs.

There will be a option for private companies to also accept this benefit if they can provide a suitable service to look after the disabled. This will create a new opportunties within the private sector and create more competitive care at the same time which is good for customers.

The money will come from the existing budget for disabled people by removing incapacity benefit & disability living allowance entirely.

This will also put off claimants who are not genuine so fourth eradicating benefit theives.

This will allow the government to distribute more money to other vunerable groups like pensioners who have worked their whole lifes while also saving money for the deficit at the same time.

Why is this idea important?

To counter the rise of ever increasing cost of meeting disabled peoples needs a care benefit should be introduced for those supporting disabled people.

This care benefit will give the carer the exact amount of money needed to pay for the essentials which the disabled person needs such as food. housing & mobility costs.

There will be a option for private companies to also accept this benefit if they can provide a suitable service to look after the disabled. This will create a new opportunties within the private sector and create more competitive care at the same time which is good for customers.

The money will come from the existing budget for disabled people by removing incapacity benefit & disability living allowance entirely.

This will also put off claimants who are not genuine so fourth eradicating benefit theives.

This will allow the government to distribute more money to other vunerable groups like pensioners who have worked their whole lifes while also saving money for the deficit at the same time.