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Ireland750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud

00:30  17 september  2019
00:30  17 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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THE DEPARTMENT OF Employment Affairs and Social Protection has announced it will review over 750,000 social welfare claims this year as part of its new anti-fraud strategy. Minister Regina Doherty has also revealed that employers’ practices in relation to bogus self-employment and PRSI will be targeted as part of the Department’s new ‘Compliance and Anti-Fraud Strategy’.

Under the strategy, which will last from now until 2023, the Department aims to save €530 million and recover €95 million in overpayments. It hopes to preventing fraud by deterring offenders, actively pursuing the recovery of repayment money, detecting instances of fraud and error as quickly as possible, and to ensure anti-fraud measures are in place to protect monies entrusted by the taxpayer to the Government.

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It will also target serious fraud through a Special Investigations Unit, publicise its hotline to encourage members of the public to report cases of suspected fraud, and work with other departments and agencies to prevent fraud and non-compliance.

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750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud
Speaking at the launch of the new strategy, Doherty expressed hope that Irish taxpayers would be reassured that the welfare system is robust and effective, and that the strategy would help those who genuinely need the Department’s support.

“I recognise that the vast majority of our customers are genuine and that there are no issues in relation to their claims, but in order to ensure that we continue to target all our available resources to those who need them most, it is essential that we combat social welfare fraud and error,” she said.

The previous strategy, in place from 2014 to 2018, saw more than €2.5 billion saved, which would have been paid by the Department if control measures had not been implemented. The minister added that the Department would remain alert to new and emerging forms of fraud, and that its approach to tackling fraud would be flexible in how it is structured

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