The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) were drawing up plans that would allow them to check the bank accounts of those on out-of-work benefits, according to a news leak. Why? I hear you ask, well it’s part of the government’s “war on workshy benefits claimants”, which is aiming to force around 2.5m sick and disabled people into work. This is despite the fact they’ve been declared unfit for work.
Under a new law, which TheTelegraph reports is expected to be announced in the chancellor’s autumn statement next week, benefit claimants could have their bank accounts checked every month to make sure they’re not “lying” about savings. Apparently, it could save the government £500 million in the first five years.
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Currently, if the DWP suspects someone of fraud they have to individually request their details from their bank. Under the new plans, banks will be forced to run monthly or even weekly checks to see if any “red flags” are picked up. This would include having more than £16,000 in savings (which is the cap for those on benefits) or if the account regularly transfers money overseas.
I don’t know about you but that sounds more like Tory party members and their rich mates than people who are struggling to pay their bills.
Now of course this sounds dire and would put many disabled people in danger, but in my opinion, it’s not actually going to happen. The sheer amount it would cost in both resources and manpower is completely unviable. But that’s not the point, it’s about furthering the “cracking down on fraudsters” vile agenda.