Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has refuted accusations her department routinely scans social media pages to deny benefit claims.
Errr, why? And why did she need to refute them?
Labour MP Anna Turley made the claim in the Commons — suggesting the Department for Work and Pensions look for “evidence of spending patterns” in order to reject benefits.
As we’d expect!
Ms McVey responded saying she did not believe it was DWP policy, adding “we wouldn’t do it”.
Well, you bloody should!
The Tory Cabinet minister went on to add however: “What I have seen before is when fraud investigations have happened as we’ll have seen people who might say they are not working or unable to work — unfortunately from what they’ve posted themselves on their Facebook page has proven very much not to be the case.”
Then maybe, rather than wait for an allegation, your officers should be a bit more proactive? With our money? After all, if people put the material out there themselves, of their own free will…