I couldn’t have said it better myself

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From the Morning Star:

Trade unionists have accused David Cameron of using benefit fraud as "cover for swingeing cuts to genuine claimants."

Speaking last week Mr Cameron described benefit fraud and error as "the one area of ingrained waste that outranks all others."

However the TUC said that, while all fraud should be condemned, the cost of benefit fraud was dwarfed by that of tax evasion and avoidance.

Mr Cameron claimed benefit fraud and errors cost the country £5.2 billion annually.

However the National Fraud Authority cites government figures for 2008-9 which show losses through benefit fraud of £1.1bn.

The most recent figure from the organisation Tax Research put the figures for combined tax evasion and avoidance at £95bn.

A TUC spokesman said: "All fraud is wrong and should be tackled, but benefit fraud accounts for less than 1 per cent of benefit spending and is dwarfed by the amount lost to tax evasion.

"If the government is serious about raising revenue it should put more resources into tackling tax evasion rather than using benefit fraud as a cover for swingeing cuts to genuine claimants."

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

An, no I didn’t write any of it.

And no, I didn’t know I was being quoted.

Just for the record.

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