Universal Credit boss falsely claimed £18,000 of Universal Credit

The Tory-run benefit (ha ha!) system is already stacked against honest claimants – and now we see that at least one DWP boss has been cheating the system for personal gain. What chance do honest claimants have when the officials running the benefit cannot be trusted? And you can bet that the Tory government will do exactly what Tory governments always do when faced with proof of corruption. They’ll talk a lot about changing the system so it doesn’t happen again… And then they’ll do nothing. A woman whose job…

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Tories could undermine themselves with ‘voter ID’ plan that isn’t entirely corrupt

 Bad news: the Conservatives are planning another attempt to introduce ‘voter ID’ to elections. Historically, their attempts have been corrupt. Good news: they may have shot themselves in the foot with a plan that has good elements that may be separated from the vote-rigging parts by Parliament. Let’s look at the historic aspect of this: The most recent Tory attempts to address voter fraud have been attempts to force people to provide photo-identification at polling stations – prompting criticism that they were trying to obstruct supporters of Labour, the SNP…

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Grilling for DWP boss over Universal Credit – ‘the most error-riddled of all benefits’

After the DWP’s recent propaganda campaign on Universal Credit “myth-busting”, is it planning to run another, warning about fraud? That is one of the questions sent to Peter Schofield, the senior civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions after it was revealed that tens of millions of pounds are being fraudulently claimed in Universal Credit loans. According to the Parliament.uk website, error and fraud at the DWP are now at their highest levels since records began – according to its own 2018-19 accounts. Frank Field, chair of the…

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Recall petition means possible by-election for Tory MP after criminal conviction over fake expenses

It’s happening: Voters in Brecon and Radnorshire will be asked to sign a petition demanding a by-election after their MP was convicted of expenses fraud. Chris Davies – who also happens to be This Writer’s MP – was fined £1,500 and ordered to do 50 hours’ community service after he was found guilty of submitting fake expenses invoices for £700 of landscape photographs to decorate his office. The “recall petition” will trigger a by-election if it is signed by 10 per cent of the constituency’s electorate or more. The comments…

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Davies guilty of expenses fraud. Time for a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire

Chris Davies, Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, has admitted two offences of expenses fraud. Now the people of Brecon and Radnorshire can have their fun. We (the Brecon and Radnorshire electorate) may now petition for the MP to be recalled and for a by-election in the constituency. If at least 10 per cent of registered electors sign a recall petition, we can have an election and get rid of him. The petition should be triggered automatically, and it will be for Brecon and Radnorshire’s Returning Officer – and also…

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MP who claimed Vox Political writer supported anti-Semitism is charged with expenses fraud

People have been celebrating this all over my Twitter feed today, and I can’t say I blame them. But I have to insert a note of caution. Yes, Chris Davies, Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, member of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory eurosceptics and Conservative Friend of Israel who gleefully joined in the accusations when This Writer was falsely accused of anti-Semitism, has been charged with two counts of making a false instrument and one of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims, after allegations he falsified…

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One MP is acquitted as a file on another goes to the CPS. When will the Tories learn how to handle cash?

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay has been cleared of breaking expenses rules in the 2015 general election. Party worker Marion Little carried the can for falsifying election expenses instead. She was said to have been “carried away by her conviction” that the party must defeat Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election. A jury at Southwark Crown Court found her guilty of two counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007 – but acquitted her of a third count of the same offence. She was given a nine-month…

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Watch this short film about the way the police target disabled people at protests

It seems I have opened a can of worms with This Site’s article about Lancashire police reporting disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department for Work and Pensions. I have been contacted by a representative of Gathering Place Films, which has been filming over the past five years for a long form documentary about fracking in the UK. This person told me, “What we have observed while filming, around the policing of this movement, has been quite surprising.” The film is entitled Targeting Protesters and its publicity material states: “The police have identified and…

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Police admit reporting disabled anti-fracking protesters to DWP – to have their benefits cancelled?

Is this fascism? People with disabilities who exercised their right to protest against fracking (in accordance with the United Nations convention) are being reported to the Department for Work and Pensions by Lancashire police, apparently in the hope that their benefits will be cancelled as punishment for daring to leave their homes. According to Disability News Service, police forces have been accused of targeting disabled people involved in anti-fracking protests with violence [see the image above for a possible example] – and now protesters in Lancashire have accused their local police…

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If Esther McVey isn’t part of a dodgy campaigning company, why tell police not to investigate it for fraud?

Remember earlier in November, when then-Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was revealed to be registered at Companies House as the Secretary of an apparently-dodgy campaigning organisation? Ms McVey was named at Companies House as the secretary of Loyal Scots Company Ltd, a political campaign funding group allegedly worth £20 million. She had not notified the House of Commons of this financial interest. As secretary, she should be receiving correspondence to the company from HM Revenue and Customs, and may have broken the law by failing to file legally-required documents.…

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