We’ve been reading articles over the past few months that highlight the corruption and greed in the public sector with millions of pounds that should be spent on community and public services being wasted by senior civil servants, MPs and councils outrageously and blatantly on things like ‘private clubs’ in Soho, Tiffany jewellery, Gucci, Harrods and much more.
Francis Maude, the architect of a report published today in The Telegraph quotes statistics to support his findings, some of which conflict with previous reports in the press. He says that £1billion is lost to benefits fraud by the DWP but it has been extensive reported that benefits fraud supposedly accounts for £3billion of a £5.3billion overall loss and that the corruption and incompetence of the DWP accounts for only £2.3billion therefore.
With these updated figures perhaps we see that internal fraud in the DWP accounts for £4.5billion of lost money. We’ll be very interested to see how David Cameron and Iain Duncan-Smith tackle this institutional fraud within government – will officers of the DWP have the Proceeds of Crime Act applied to them? Will MPs find all their assets restrained and left with no way to defend themselves?
We have to view all this with some suspicion however as Mr Maude can be seen to be hi-jacking this ‘report’ in The Telegraph to pat himself on the back by being ‘incredibly heartened’ by the results of his recently set up Counter Fraud Taskforce – we’ll do some sniffing around to see how this organisation focuses its efforts; internally or externally.