David Cameron will today declare war on ‘wisteria’ cheats and pledge to crack down on the billions lost every year to fraud.
The Prime Minister cites the example of a highly paid man who claimed £680 from the taxpayer to have wisteria cleared from the chimney of his £750,000 home. He says:
‘Unbelievably, this same individual, who owns several homes and whose wife once earned £300,000 a year, got the taxpayer to pay to have his leaky washing machine repaired, and used the system to grab £21,000 a year to pay his mortgage. He even reclaimed council tax on one of his homes – one of which is worth £2m.’
Downing Street has declined to identify the Prime Minister’s wisteria cheat.