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# Welfare Cheats

All time
Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign
The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.
# changing tack
'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.
# Metiria Turei
Greens co-leader in New Zealand resigns after admitting to welfare fraud
Metiria Turei revealed she wrongfully claimed welfare benefits to support her baby while studying for a law degree in the early 1990s.
# Benefit Fraud
Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published
The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.
# cheat us all
Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?
No. No it didn’t.
# Welfare Cheats
Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll
Former social welfare inspector Bernadette Gorman called Varadkar’s latest policy a “solo run” and “hate campaign”.
# Welfare Cheats
Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign
Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.