Gran who scammed £1m benefits splashed cash on holidays, cosmetics and clothes

Gran who scammed £1m benefits splashed cash on holidays, cosmetics and clothes

A grandmother has “overly exaggerated” her disability to falsely claim more than £ 1 million in benefits over fifteen years, a court has heard. Christina Pomfrey, 65, lied that she was completely blind and wheelchair-bound, but under the supervision of detectives they showed that she…

Why coronavirus has left some on benefits £1,000 worse off

Why coronavirus has left some on benefits £1,000 worse off

The rapid changes in the welfare system in response to the coronavirus crisis have created an “unsustainable” difference in support for people with Universal Credit (UC) and those with older “legacy” benefits, a watchdog warned. The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) said that UC’s annual…

Fraudsters claiming £51k benefits jailed after being caught arm-wrestling

Fraudsters claiming £51k benefits jailed after being caught arm-wrestling

Flash benefits fraudsters who drove luxury cars while claiming disability benefits have been jailed after someone was caught participating in an arm wrestling match. Four members of the Zarif family, who are landlords of numerous properties in their hometown of Blackburn, Lancashire, have defrauded taxpayers…

Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food in December

Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food in December

More than a third of families on benefits will depend on food provided by charities this Christmas, research suggests. A study for Save the Children found that 37% of families receiving Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit will depend on food packages or meals distributed…

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