Unemployed Persons (Supplementary Benefit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1977.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Budgen Mr Nicholas Budgen , Wolverhampton South West 12:00 am, 11th January 1977

Does the Minister agree that the whole system of supplementary benefits is undermined by increasing fraud and abuse? Is it not right that one of the most important ways in which that fraud is perpetrated is by persons claiming under false names? Is it not possible to check that by requiring that all claimants should produce identity cards before receiving supplementary benefits?