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Catching individuals who work for themselves doing odd jobs while claiming jobseekers and housing benefit?

I have heard that if someone who knows a person claiming and knows they are working casually doing odd jobs (gardening, mowing etc) they can snitch on them? What is the process if this happens, do the police take fingerprints off the leaflets advertising the man offering his work services? Is he followed and then photographed as evidence or is the a Job Centre Plus employer's visual sighting enough to prosecute? Obviously the guy doesn't work for anyone so no boss can report him and he doesn't pay tax so how exactly is he caught?

Asked By: - 3/13/2011
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How do you know that the person isn't doing things in order to show he is looking for work - as required by all people claiming Job Seekers Allowance? Here say is not good enough for the authorities to investigate. Names and clear evidence will be checked - but if the only benefit claimed is JSA it may not be cost... More
Answered By: CountTheDays - 3/13/2011
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I havn't seen this personally but I've seen on tv where thet've filmed people wprking heavy physical jobs whilst claiming invilidty benefit for a bad back etc. A lady waa recently caught for claiming benefits as a single parent even after posting her Carribean honeymoon. If you report the person the authorities will... More
Answered By: Crazy - 3/13/2011
 
I hate people like that, a girl confessed to me she was working a temp job so she can go on a trip , I asked her why she doesn't work permanently and she said they goverment pays her to much. Disgusting.
Answered By: britt - 3/13/2011
 
They ARE allowed to work for 16 hours a week......But yes.... report anyone who you think is scamming.The local Benefits Agency....are very strict on this...and this year onwards...new laws allow private companies to investigate cheaters too.....Beware....be careful not to put your name and address to information......... More
Answered By: Paul - 3/13/2011
 
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