TPA in the Express today
The front page story of the Express today is about a lady who walked free from court after fraudulently claiming GBP30,000 of income support, council tax relief and housing benefit even though she had savings of more than GBP70,000.
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, described Patel's treatment by the court as "astonishing". He said: "Taxpayers will be astonished that such a flagrant benefit fraud should go unpunished. Benefit fraud costs taxpayers GBP2billion a year. Letting cheats off scot-free casts a bad light on genuine benefit recipients. Courts need to take a tough line to make other fraudsters think twice before ripping off taxpayers."