A Mischief Of Magpies

If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and a Mischief of Magpies would be as small as a pea.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

DWP 007

Either several helicopters have gone over/past/near my building, or the one helicopter has been circling my block of flats for the past half hour.

I'm begining to wonder what's going on.

I'm a paranoid soul, you know. I have been ever since I met a woman whose job it was to investigate fraudulent benefit claims.

Not that I'm making any false claims, you understand.

But neither where some of the people she tracked. People report each other to the DWP for all sorts of reasons. You can do it anonymously.

This woman used to be up at all hours of the night following people to make sure they weren't working as well as claiming.

Ever since, I've wondered who might be eating their sandwiches in that dirty white van there. Or who might be filming from across the street.

The woman doesn't work for the DWP anymore. She's on Incapacity Benefit. For stress.

Good, eh?

The helicopter's still about.

5 Comments:

At 7:42 pm, Blogger Billy said...

If their adverts are to be believed, the DWP seem to have employed the Mysterons to catch people falsely claiming benefits. And you thought helicopters were scary...

 
At 8:58 pm, Blogger Don said...

You give people a mechanism to inform, or complain and it will be abused. Innocent people getting reported for benefit abuse is common, and it happens for the most trivial reasons. You might have bought yourself a new pair of curtains, and Mrs Jones across the way can't accept you can afford them, so what happens? - you're reported. Or perhaps you're gay or black... again, you're reported.

As for complaining mechanisms I'm thinking of Race Laws, Sex-discrimination laws etc. There's always going to be substantial amount of abuse as people, strange as ever, think because they're black or female, then they must be being discriminated against. And so they look for it.

People are funny.

I be that DWP officer is doing alright though. She ought to know all the fiddles.

I'd watch that helicopter. They're obviously using a multi-million pound piece of flying hardware specifically to check up on suspected benefit fraudsters.

 
At 10:20 pm, Blogger ill man said...

The helicopter? Ah, sorry that was me giving Elton John a lift to the shops.

 
At 11:32 pm, Blogger Clairwil said...

I had possibly the all time greatest benefit fraud case appear in our work a while back. He had been caught working and kicked off jobseekers, the fellow was adamant he hadn't worked at all during his claim and that an embittered ex-girlfriend had made a malicious accusation against him. You should have seen him too- not a tooth in his head.

We got the papers through which contained his payslips, bank statements, pictures of him leaving and entering work, tax records and his signature on an employment contact. Naturally he had a reasonable explanation for all this. His ex-girlfriend had forged all the paperwork and most devious of all got someone who looked like him to pose for pictures outside a place of work, then sent the lot to the DWP. He seemed genuinely surprised that no-one in our office wanted to offer any further help with his 'cast iron' case against the DWP.

 
At 4:17 pm, Blogger Aine said...

"You give people a mechanism to inform, or complain and it will be abused. Innocent people getting reported for benefit abuse is common, and it happens for the most trivial reasons."

Not unlike the so called 'Burning Times'. Most of the people hung/burned/drowned/tortured as witches were innocent Christians, grassed up by their neighbours etc for petty reasons. Your husband shagged her next door? Get her next door hanged. Tempting...

Or Blogger's Flag button. Bet that gets used for the wrong reasons.

"If their adverts are to be believed"

The adverts are a bit full on, aren't they? But they can do it all and more.

"We got the papers through which contained his payslips, bank statements, pictures of him leaving and entering work, tax records and his signature on an employment contact."

Oh dear. :) A bear of very little brain.

"The helicopter? Ah, sorry that was me giving Elton John a lift to the shops."

Ah. That explains it...

 

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