The comments made by Therese Coffey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on 19 May 2022.
The welfare system is there to help the most vulnerable. It is not a cash machine for callous criminals and it’s vital that the government ensures money is well spent.
Fraud is an ever-present threat and before the pandemic, our efforts brought fraud and error close to record lows.
This plan outlines what we need to fight fraud in 2022 and into the future. Thousands of trained specialists, combined with targeted new tools and powers, will mean we can keep up with fraud in today’s digital age and prevent, detect and deter those who would try to cheat the system.