New measures to crack down on beneficiaries who have
previously cheated the system will begin tomorrow.
The 'low trust client' rules are aimed at preventing those
with a history of benefit fraud from repeating the abuse.
It will apply to people who have been convicted of welfare
fraud in the past or had overpayments established following a
The new law will apply to an estimated 1500 per year, the
"These people have proven, through their own actions, that
they are willing to be dishonest with the welfare system and
take money they are not entitled to," said associate social
development minister Chester Borrows.
"With these new measures we will have sensible steps to
prevent them repeating this behaviour, such as requiring them
to deal face-to-face with a single case manager."
The changes are part of a series of changes announced by the
Government earlier this year in a bid to "better prevent,
detect and punish welfare fraud".
The measures include changing the law to hold partners of
beneficiaries complicit in 'relationship' fraud offending to
account; joint agency fraud investigations; and enhanced
information sharing between the Ministry of Social
Development and Inland Revenue.
"We know the overwhelming majority of beneficiaries are
honest and follow the rules," Mr Burrows said.
"Yet those very few who choose to defraud the system place a
very real cost on a system which should be there to support
our most vulnerable citizens."