"Reduce fraud in the social security benefits system"
It's worth pointing out that the amount of fraud in the benefits system is lower than:
* The amount lost to HMRC through tax evasion
* The amount of benefits left unclaimed
US spy-tech firm Palantir launched a direct lobbying campaign targeting UK government departments, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). According to documents released to The Guardian, the data and analytics business co-founded by Trump financier Peter Thiel suggested ministers were looking at new software …
Given the media only really like sensational stories, it is perhaps noteworthy that the media hasn’t reported on well off people committing welfare and benefit fraud.
But then as we saw with the PPE contracts and general handouts to business during CoViD, the government didn’t really care about the amount of fraud being committed and have made very limited efforts to investigate. Clearly, the person on benefits who claims to have made the required number of job applicant ions per week, but has actually been creative, is a bigger villain than a Tory party donor living in a tax haven…
Just like the real amount of voter fraud in the US elections of 2020 and 2022 despite a wannabe despot crying wolf almost every day about it. Are Palantir involved with the US elections?
Somehow this despot refuses to admit that the vast majority of people sent to jail for voter fraud are from his party. Funny that.
But Benefit Fraud is seen by many people in the UK and the media as a massive issue that is costing "Them" personally huge amounts of money. The simply fact it is benefits and this is associated with "scroungers" in the eyes of those who support a crackdown. That the outcome is only going to benefit a large, unregulated US corporation is a minor detail, "scroungers, miscreants and fraudsters" will have been stopped (allegedly).
No danger at all here of
a) Huge amounts of personal data from everybody, whether they claim benefits or not, being sucked into the Palantir panopticon for indeterminate use "because it's necessary for it to work properly".
b) Prosecutions being launched on the basis of being accused of fraud by a computer system, for unclear reasons.
Did they really learn nothing from the Post Office Horizon scandal, or is it that they're thinking "who cares, it's only people on benefits anyway"?
The government could very simply stop using the banks/ money markets to put currency into circulation and simply use the pension and benefits system.
Based on a comparison of the global financial crisis QE and CoViD furlough; furlough delivered greater economic benefit to UK residents…