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Twists of Deceit: Premia Fraud

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Premia Fraud

The British Government,
Department of Work & Pensions
look after the most vulnerable
in society?

They admit an “official” error:
three hundred & forty million siphoned
from the jaded pockets of the physically sick,
mentally ill, disabled people & the jobless poor:
you soar to jail for benefit fraud.

Without getting technical on this,
some elements converted to ESA:
Employment Support Allowance.

Folk found it strange when they’re
suddenly paying for legal fees at court,
prescription drugs, dental care, eye care –
& gone are the free school meals for kids.
Premium cash vanished.

Then the threatening dental fines,
the prescription fines; jail because
you couldn’t afford legal fees,
or Tracy in debt to the school for meals

or bipolar Sam evicted,
she couldn’t afford the housing costs
or John with multiple sclerosis
scraping to pay for his own care?

The Government don’t care –
they cited a case in 2014
that ESA is one (though split into two) –
they only pay from the legal date due.

Another two hundred million siphoned
from the jaded pockets of the physically sick,
mentally ill, disabled people & the jobless poor:
you soar to jail for benefit fraud.

So, don’t call us, we’ll call you
by next year April the Government said.
I also heard they’re devising a formula
to contact relatives of the dead,

bringing them the good news –
that their lost ones are owed thousands
of pounds in underpayments.
Who wouldn’t turn in the grave?

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Further Reading: Heaped untold misery on to some of society’s most vulnerable people

Further Reading: Investigation into errors in Employment and Support Allowance

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