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Fraud means intentionally giving wrong information or not telling the Department for Work and Pensions or board something because you know, or should suspect, that you will be better off as a result.  Some cases of Benefit theft includes deliberately not telling the DWP are when ” you are now living with a partner, about any savings or not telling us the right amount and you have inherited money. In a recent news of theguardian, many councils using controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters . Read the article below.

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More than 20 councils have used or plan to use controversial lie detector tests to catch fraudulent benefits claimants, even though the government has dropped the technology having found it unreliable.

Responding to freedom of information (FOI) requests, 24 local authorities confirmed they had employed or were considering the use of “voice risk analysis” (VRA) software, which its makers say can pick out fraudulent claimants by listening in on calls and identifying signs of stress.

Although in 2010 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced it had given up using VRA software, the FOI responses show some councils have been spending millions of pounds on it.

Local authorities have continued to use the system to check whether people are honestly claiming the single person council tax discount, which allows single adults to pay 75% of the amount levied on a family.

Tory-controlled Derbyshire Dales said it had taken part in a county-wide review of council tax in 2011 that had used the technology – a contract worth £280,000 to Capita.

The same company was hired by Labour-run Southwark in south London and was paid £2.5m over three years. IttThe council says VRA technology “was used as one tool to assist in determining the customers’ eligibility for the discount”.

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