Wednesday 21 February 2018

Public urged to blow whistle on social welfare fraud

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar Photo: Tony Gavin
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A fresh crackdown on social welfare fraud will be announced by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar today.

Mr Varadkar is to launch a "hard hitting" campaign encouraging people to blow the whistle on suspected fraudsters.

The advertising campaign includes images designed to confront people with the reality of welfare fraud.

The Department of Social Protection said the "vast majority" of welfare recipients were compliant with their requirements, but in "a small number of cases there is fraudulent activity which, if identified, can save the taxpayer large sums of money. And some cases may be worthy of prosecution".

The campaign will ask questions such as: "Would you report a welfare cheat?"

"These are designed to make people sit up and think about the issue, and take action if they do have information," a spokesperson for the department said.

Irish Independent

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