Fraud crackdown fills social security coffers

17th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2004, BRUSSELS – A major crackdown on benefit fraud in Belgium has seen the country's social security deficit reduced by millions of euros, according to the government.

17 September 2004

BRUSSELS – A major crackdown on benefit fraud in Belgium has seen the country's social security deficit reduced by millions of euros, according to the government.

Health Minister Rudy Demotte says a new get-tough policy on benefit fraud has already borne fruit.

In 2003 he said social security fraud investigators managed to recover a total of EUR 178.5 million from people who had received illegal state benefits including unemployment payments and childcare allowances.

In 2004 the figure already stood at EUR 114, meaning that the sum for the end of December is likely to be considerably higher than last year.

But the recovered money will go nowhere near to getting rid of the country's huge social security deficit completely.

The debt for 2005 is expected to run at around EUR 1 billion.

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Subject: Belgian news

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