Social welfare fraud must stop
Published 21/11/2010 | 05:00
Sir -- Officials at An Post recently reported a 40 per cent reduction in welfare payments during the two weeks of April 2010 when flights to Ireland were grounded because of the Ash Cloud crisis. This indicates that 40 per cent of claimants are fraudulently collecting welfare in Ireland since they are not residing in this country or seeking work here.
In October 2009 the Social Welfare Fraud Report issued by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Social & Family Affairs recommended that 'Biometric information should be incorporated into the public services card in order to eliminate the possibility of fraud' and that 'sign on requirements be changed from once a month to once a week'.
Unfortunately these recommendations have still not been delivered and social welfare fraud in Ireland is now conservatively estimated at five billion euro per year!