Question of the day

December 4, 2008 at 10:31 am | Posted in British Politics | Leave a comment

Eric Allison embraces the lie detector test for ‘benefit cheats’, but with one important modification:

So, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is set to pilot the use of lie detectors to uncover benefit fraud and impose a “one strike and you’re out” approach to anybody found fiddling the system.

Highly laudable, given that, according to DWP figures, the cost of such fiddling was estimated to cost the treasury £800m in 2006-07.

I wonder if its colleagues at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will follow a similar approach in nailing tax avoiders who, according to HMRC calculations, currently cost the Treasury between £10bn and £40bn a year?

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