Secret payouts for terror suspects reach 30m as Kenneth Clarke argues we 'just pay up to who knows who' UK cannot contest compensation claims because of sensitive evidenceKenneth Clarke says 'we just pay up to who knows who'Vote on 'secret courts' to fight compensation claims will be held on Monday By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 02:04 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:27 GMT, 3 March 2013 Britain has paid out more than 30 million in compensation to terror suspects – and there could be yet more payments to come with 20 cases set to go ahead. The full extent of the payouts has emerged after Kenneth Clarke, the minister without portfolio, warned that Britain is a magnet for compensation claims
BBC and Jimmy Savile's estate sued by 31 alleged sex abuse victims as lawyer claims the number of potential claimants is 'growing by the day'31 people seek compensation over claims they were molested by DJ By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 12:08 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 GMT, 13 February 2013 A total of 31 alleged sexual abuse victims are suing over claims they were molested by Jimmy Savile, it emerged today.
Almost 1,000 obese claimants get share of 4m a year in incapacity benefit: Two thirds have got pay-outs for more than five years | UPDATED: 23:44 GMT, 23 December 2012 Taxpayers fork out more than 4million every single year on incapacity benefit for people who are obese, figures show. Almost 1,000 people receive the hand-out for no other reason than they are grossly overweight – costing us 11,000 every single day. And two thirds of them have been languishing on the sick for more than five years
Benefits could be limited to buying bare essentials as Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of giving claimants cash Work and Pensions Secretary is examining how a 'welfare card' to limit how handouts are spent could work in practiceGovernment launches website to find work for jobless while they sleepLabour vows to oppose 1% cap on benefits rises By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 21 December 2012 Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said he was looking at how a 'welfare card' would work in practice Welfare claimants may soon be given credits on a card instead of cash to stop them buying alcohol or drugs with taxpayer money. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday: ‘For somebody who has a history of drug addiction, giving cash sometimes can lead to further problems.’ Tory backbencher Alec Shelbrooke recently suggested a Bill to stop all claimants buying anything with payments other than essentials such as food, clothing, energy, travel and housing
Disability handouts to be cut or stopped for 330,000 claimants as Government aims to end 'welfare for life'New figures show 71 per cent of claimants do not go through proper checksWithout reform, one in every 17 adults would be claiming DLA by 2018 says Disability minister | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 13 December 2012 Benefits clampdown: Disability minister Esther McVey defends change The Government is to reduce or stop disability allowance for hundreds of thousands of claimants in a bid to end unchecked ‘welfare for life’. The clampdown comes as new figures suggest that seven in ten of those claiming the benefit go through the system without proper checks
Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on 2bn annual payout Last year, 824,489 motoring injury claims reported, up 60% from 2006Of these nearly 550,000 were recorded as whiplash claimsMeasures will be introduced as part of clampdownPanel to be set up to accredit doctors wanting to act as insurance examiners Threshold for small claims court is being raised from 1,000 to 5,000 | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Doctors will soon need a special licence to approve payouts on motorists’ insurance for whiplash as part of a clampdown on bogus claims. The scheme will be announced today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling is also bringing in measures to make it easier for drivers and insurance companies to challenge claims in the courts.
Council benefits adviser recruited his OWN mother to cheat taxpayer of 30,000 – using insider knowledge of welfare system Mother and son team lied while they lived together in house owned by him Basildon Crown Court sentenced them to 150 hours of unpaid work | UPDATED: 16:03 GMT, 30 November 2012 Cheat: Havering Council worker, Cheema, 23, abused his position to fraudulently claim benefits A crooked benefits adviser teamed up with his mother to cheat the council where he worked out of 30,000 in housing and council tax benefits, using insider knowledge of the welfare system. Havering Council worker Manjit Singh Cheema, 23, and his mother Balbir Kaur, 46, both of Romford, Essex, were spared jail after admitting fraud by abuse of position
More than 150,000 forced off benefits after refusing to participate in Iain Duncan-Smith's back-to-work schemeWelfare critics will claim this is proof many benefit claimants are dole cheatsSuspicions that figures will be used to distract from report that fewer than one in 20 on scheme have found a permanent job By Brendan Carlin PUBLISHED: 23:09 GMT, 24 November 2012 | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 24 November 2012 More than 150,000 jobless people have been stripped of benefits after refusing to accept help to get back into work. One in ten long-term unemployed on the Government’s flagship back-to-work programme opted to go without benefit rather than accept help to get them a job. And thousands more voluntarily stop claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance as soon as they are referred to the Work Programme