British taxpayers could be paying hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to frauds living in the war-torn country of Yemen.
Around 200 potential ‘ghost pension claimants’ are receiving money from the UK government.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘It’s the only country in the world where there are more British state pension claimants than there are British citizens.’
He added: ‘Officials and ministers in the department should be over this like a rash, making sure that UK taxpayers’ money isn’t being obtained by fraud and deception.’
This does indeed look like another leak in the UK’s bucket which is drying up our finite financial resources.
“Full state pensions are being paid to 30 supposedly UK citizens aged over 100 living in the war-torn Arab country – where the average life expectancy is only 64.
There also appears to be more ‘Britons’ claiming retirement handouts in Yemen than there are known UK citizens resident in the country, data uncovered by an MP suggests.
A total of 2,667 UK passport holders lived there in 2010, figures from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank show. But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says it pays the state pension to 2,870 individuals. If correct, this would mean that every single British citizen living in Yemen is a pensioner – and there are also an extra 200 ghost claimants.”
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