Benefit fraud is a problem, however it seems to get more attention than other fraud within our economy. Here are the facts about benefit fraud and their position within the UK’s finances.
Jane needed a flat when she was homeless. When she got one, she was hit by the bedroom tax and built up arrears until her local CAB helped out.
Sara was left without benefits for eight weeks after missing an appointment because she was caring for her disabled husband. When she approached her CAB for advice she had no money for food for her or her husband. Her local bureaux helped her access the services she needed in the short term as well as sorting out her claim.
When Andy was left with health problems after being the victim of crime, he ended up in rent arrears and with an eviction notice. But CAB experience with navigating the benefit administrations process helped Andy get the support he needed.
With many changes to the welfare system in the pipeline, Orkney CAB wanted to help local pensioners get the help they were entitled to.