In fairness, what's the penalty for getting caught? A tenner a week of the dole if you're entitled to it? Imprisonment is extremely rare, bit like tax fraud really.
You have described only that some people have been reported for committing an act of fraud, by those of us who must pay for their fraud. This is a far cry from reporting people who hold political beliefs that are contrary to government policy. It is not even slightly like the situation that existed in East Germany.
The vast majority of crimes are detected because somebody reports them. Why should social welfare fraud be any different?
Dna evidence proved Maggie did it
Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.
Not reporting fraud normalises it, getting rid of it's status as taboo, which can't be a good thing.
IMO, the public service should always be looking to improve cost efficiency at all times.
Clearly it hasn't.
After they threw €200m at it. Wasn't it supposed to cost NINE million?
Ah.......public sector "efficiency" at its best.
At what cost? To the taxpayer?
Yeah, I suppose we have it for a song at €120 grand a WEEK!
I dont condone fraud but by and large most people on welfare wheter they are defrauding it or not are not massivly well off. There are people on welfare who have had their esb cut off and for all anyone knows a lot of the reported fraud is someone doing the odd nixer. These people are often on the breadline and some people see fit to report them. The major cause of irish anger has been directed at the lowest in society. After having our children raped by the church, our future deystroyed by the banks and politicians amongst the highest paid in europe people had the most problem with petty fraud. I dont have a problem with people reporting fraud but I do when they have a problem with this over the majority of crap that this country has stomached.
Well. I wasn't expecting that answer. Bizarre.
Why do you ask? You've already decided based on one failure that the PS shouldn't implement any further IT projects.
Its back to pencil and paper for our public administration I'm afraid
Indeed and the size of the bill should prioritise the immediacy of our response. Recently quite a few privileged criminals have landed some big bills on our laps. But since they seem beyond punishment, small-fry really don't interest me at all.
The same way as it was back to pencil and paper to vote after they wasted, and continue to waste countless millions on the e-voting machines!
You said it better than I ever could.
Not quite sure what point you're attempting to make here.
"We had a failed voting machine project therefore ....."?
Just another example of wastage of OUR money in public life/services.
I didn't hear of anyone being held to account for either of these screwup's.
The same way that no social welfare officer will be held accountable for paying out more money to people than they were entitled to.
The same way nobody in public life is ever accountable.
But hey, let's just get the message out there that everyone on welfare is a scrounger/fraudster and encourage people to watch everything their neighbours are doing/spending and report them if we THINK they have it too easy.
This is Ireland, my country, in 2012.