DWP clarifies when it will use new powers to spy on benefit claimaints

29/12/2023 | Daily Mirror

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has clarified when it will use new powers outlined in a last-minute amendment to the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill to check bank accounts for instances of benefit fraud. The clarification came after Conservative MP Nigel Mills questioned whether every state pensioner's bank account would be searched. The DWP stressed that the new powers will only be used in cases of suspected fraud or error and not otherwise.

In a related post, the Open Right Group warns people who claim benefits will have fewer financial freedoms and will be over-exposed to algorithmic injustice. 

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