PHANTOM singletons are set to cost taxpayers more than £10 million-per-week in overpayments, shock figures show. Ghost claims will balloon to an estimated £580 million within two years for couples who claim to be living apart – but have set up with a partner. But the bogus singles were last year paid £95 million in Universal Credit, £55 million in housing benefit and £6 million in Jobseeker’s Allowance. There were also payments for £25 million in Employment and Support Allowance and a further £18 million in Pension Credit, government figures show. Couples who claim to live in separate homes, often pretending their relationship has broken down, can rake in thousands of pounds in fraudulent payments. It is due to cost taxpayers £350 million this year.’ABSURDITIES IN WELFARE SYSTEM’ Duncan Simpson, research director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “These highlight absurdities in the welfare system. “Some people will always be looking good to game the system, and that is made far easier when the referee makes the rules so unnecessarily complex. “The government needs to prevent cheating but they can make that far easier by simplifying the benefits bill.” Recent examples of this fraud that have come to court include mum-of-two… Read full this story
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