The figures show that many benefit claimants are working in the black economy, according to employment minister Chris Grayling.
They would rather give up their welfare payments than forego their undeclared earnings, he said.
29% sign off jobseeker’s allowance rather than turn up for unpaid work. A further 17% fail to start their placement and lose their benefits in consequence. Total 46%.
The figures come from an analysis of 3,190 people in May, June and July last year.
The Mail discusses some people's objections to the unpaid work scheme. But "nothing for nothing" should be the general principle. "Something for nothing" should be the exception.
Chris Grayling claims that
In 2010/11, people who were working while pretending to be unemployed in order to claim benefits cost the taxpayer an estimated £243million, including £94million in jobseeker’s allowance.Really? Spending on jobseeker's allowance totalled £4.5bn. How much of that was claimed fraudulently?
Government figures put the proportion at a mere 3.4%, or £150m.
Governments don't want to admit how big the benefit fraud bill is, or they would be criticised for not doing more about it.