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If DWP monitors your social media activity, who decides what’s consistent with benefit claims?

This is a little worrying:

[Benefit fraud] investigators may … check … social media accounts and search … online profiles for pictures, location check-ins, and other evidence which may or may not be useful to them. Those who use social media a lot will leave a trail of their life and habits, often allowing investigators to piece together a picture of what that person’s life actually looks like.

If this is not consistent with the details of that person’s claim for benefits, that evidence may end up being used against them.

Who decides what is “consistent with the details of [a] person’s claim for benefits”?

The DWP is currently recruiting, as decision-makers, people who have no qualifications whatsoever for making such decisions.

What do they know about how people with disabilities live their lives – or the people who care for them (like This Writer)?

Terrible mistakes have been made in recent years, with payments withheld from people who deserved them – based on the flimsiest excuses.

Now it seems Tom Pursglove is opening the door for more – and worse.

Source: DWP could monitor social media activity and bank accounts in benefit fraud crackdown – LancsLive

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