More than 20million people across Britain are currently using welfare to support themselves, according to the Daily Record.
And that figure is expected to rise as the pandemic continues, despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Benefit claims are managed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) – who also have the power to investigate potential fraud.
This can include monitoring social media pages and bank accounts.
The DWP’s definition of benefit fraud is when “someone obtains state benefit they are not entitled to”.
But it can also be when a person “deliberately fails to report a change in their personal circumstances”.
The most common form of benefit fraud is when a person receives unemployment support while working.
Another is when people receiving benefits claim they live alone but are actually financially supported by a partner or spouse.
Other examples of benefits fraud:
- Faking an illness or injury to get unemployment or disability benefits
- Failing to report income from a business or employment to make income seem lower than it actually is
- Living with someone who contributes to the household income without declaring that income to the authorities
- Falsifying accounts to make it seem like a person has less money than they say they do