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THE EXTENT of the cultural shift in reporting suspected welfare fraud will be revealed today when Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton gives a breakdown of the record 17,000 anonymous tip-offs made to the authorities last year.

The increase in members of the public reporting alleged welfare cheating has seen the number of tip-offs given to officials by email, phone and letter rise from 6,429 in 2009 to 12,640 in 2010 and 16,920 last year.

Some 7,430 of the reports made to officials in 2011 were about people who, the informants claimed, were receiving unemployment benefit while continuing to work.

Huge rise in number reporting suspected social welfare fraud (Irish Times)